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Sgt. David James Smith USMC, 25, of Frederick died on January 26, 2010 in Landstaul, Germany, of injuries suffered in an attack on Saturday in Afghanistan.

Born on February 16, 1984 in Washington D. C., he was the son of Mary Jane McWilliams and Leonard Alan Smith.

He was a 2002 graduate of Frederick High School where he wrestled, played lacrosse, soccer and football, and participated in school plays. He joined the Marine Corps in December 2003 and served a tour of duty in Iraq in 2006. He was attending East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C. where he played lacrosse, and majored in Distribution and Logistics. He attended St. Joseph's on Carrollton Manor Catholic Church, Buckeystown.

Surviving in addition to his parents are step parents John Jones and Olga Hernandez-Smith, a sister, Kristen Mary Forse and husband Brian of Frederick; a brother, Daniel Ross Brown of Charlotte, NC; two step brothers: Jeffrey Jones and wife Katrina of Catonsville, and Brian Jones and wife Kelly of Elkridge; two step sisters: Aline Cook and husband Dave, and Lisette Rothwell and husband Rodney, all of Dallas, Texas; nieces and nephews: Logan Cresswell, Vienna Forse, Samuel Jones, Raquel Cook, Dylan and Conner Rothwell. He is also survived by his beloved, Kimberly Mott. Also survived by numerous cousins, aunts and uncles, many friends, and his Marine Corps family.

David had a smile that was infectious and a love of life and family that knew no bounds. He was a presence that made one take notice, no matter where he was. His friends meant so much to him, and keeping in touch with as many as he could was always a priority. He was so proud of his family, his 'clan', and always wanted to hear the latest about everyone, no matter how young. Calls home always had a time to hear the latest news. He loved the Redskins, country music, living down South, ECU Pirates and life in general. He especially loved being a part of the Marine Corps. He was proud and honored to serve, and planned to make this a career after college.

It was great to have responses from David James Smith himself and some very long considered comments from others too. But I promised Lewes local Christine Kalume that she could write a guest post on it all, and here it is. So these are her views, not mine. I find them fascinating and enlightening – I hope you do too. But whether you like what she has to say or not, I hope you’ll leave a comment. (It’s quite long, so you’re allowed to leave a comment on just a wee bit of it, or the lovely pictures scattered throughout.)


David James Smith, Self: Jon Venables: What Went Wrong?

This re-evaluation of Nelson Mandela’s political and personal life before his long imprisonment dramatically revises our view of its subject. With unique access to people and papers, culminating in a meeting with Nelson Mandela himself, David James Smith has written the single most important contribution to our knowledge of this global icon.