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CWO John Daren “JD” Smith

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CWO John Daren “JD” Smith

  • Birth 3 Nov 1970 Prescott, Yavapai County, Arizona, USA
  • Death 25 Feb 2003 Kuwait
  • Burial Bluffdale, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
  • Plot Section 60, Site 8448
  • Memorial ID 11443543

Army CWO Smith was assigned to 5th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment, Giebelstadt, Germany. Killed in a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crash on night training in the Kuwaiti desert. The Kuwaiti military said sandstorms and high winds were reported in the area at the time the chopper went down. John attended the University of Utah, majoring in psychology. He had wanted to become a commercial pilot, and saw the military as a way to achieve his goal. He started out as a fixed-wing pilot before flying Black Hawks. JD loved mountain and rock climbing. He would rise early on Saturdays to climb in a nearby park, returning home in time to play with his daughters before his wife got up. John was finishing his master's degree in aeronautical science when he quit temporarily to go to Kuwait. He spoke fluent Italian and was a translator for his unit. John is remembered as a practical joker who loved making people smile. Survived by wife, Meredith and two daughters. Deployments included Veneto Rescue, Italy; Atlas Drop, Tunisia; Victory Strike III, Poland; and Enduring Freedom, Kuwait.


  • Created by: Brenda N
  • Added: 29 Jul 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 11443543
  • Margie Oliver-Brown
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for CWO John Daren “JD” Smith (3 Nov 1970–25 Feb 2003), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11443543, citing Utah State Veterans Memorial Park, Bluffdale, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Brenda N (contributor 46490312) .