Jack Smith's first person account of LZ Albany
Jack Smith, the famous ABC reporter, was a Private First Class (PFC) in C Company 2nd Battalion 7th Cavalry and wrote his first person account of the action at LZ Albany.
It was published in the Saturday Evening Post in 1967 and is a chilling account of the events.
Click here to read the article hosted on vietnamwall.org.
Thanks to ABC News for the following biography.
An ABC News correspondent since 1976, and a Washington correspondent since 1980, Jack Smith contributes to World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, Nightline and other ABC NEWS programs. He has won one Emmy and has been nominated for two others.
For nine years, Smith was the principal correspondent for This Week with David Brinkley, filing background reports on the collapse of Communism, the Iran-Contra affair and two presidential elections.
In 1993, Smith returned to the Vietnam battlefield where he was nearly killed as a soldier in 1965, to report for Nightline and Day One. He also reported from West Beirut during the Israeli siege of that city; covered the 1982 Canadian ascent of Mt. Everest, becoming the first network correspondent to report from the mountain itself; and covered the White House and the State Department for Good Morning America.
Before coming to Washington in 1980, Smith was ABC's Paris correspondent and reported on a variety of international stories, including the death of two popes, the Vietnamese invasion of Cambodia and the Iran hostage crisis.
Prior to 1976, when he joined ABC NEWS, Smith was a reporter at WLS-TV in Chicago, and from 1969-1970, a news producer at WIIC-TV in Pittsburgh.
In 1967, "Death in the Ia Drang Valley," an article Smith wrote for the Saturday Evening Post describing his experiences in Vietnam, won an Overseas Press Club Citation for Excellence for Best Magazine Reporting. Smith served in the U.S. Army from 1964-67 and was decorated with the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star with "V" for valor.
Smith holds degrees from Carnegie-Mellon University (Phi Beta Kappa) and from Oxford University, England. He is the son of former CBS commentator and ABC NEWS anchorman Howard K. Smith.