Press Release

April 9, 2004

No. 04-031

Mokie Porter

(301) 585-4000
Ext. 146



(Washington, D.C.) – Thomas H. Corey, president Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA), issued a statement today mourning the death of Jack Smith, a survivor of the Battle of the Ia Drang Valley and an Emmy-Award-winning correspondent for ABC-TV News. Smith, 58, died April 7 in Greenbrea, California. He suffered from pancreatic cancer.  

“During the two decades he worked for ABC, Jack reached the pinnacle of his profession and was one of the most respected news correspondents in the nation,” Corey said. “But he never forgot his service in the Vietnam War nor his fellow Vietnam veterans. He consistently spoke out on veterans’ issues. Jack was a personal friend and a friend of all Vietnam veterans. He was always there for us whenever we called on him.” 

VVA recognized Jack Smith, a VVA Life Member, for his broadcasting work in 1999 when he was given a VVA Arts Award for his contributions to American culture. He was the emcee and keynote speaker at VVA’s 20th anniversary celebration in 1998 in Washington.  

“Among Jack’s best work,” Corey said, “was his involvement with the six-part documentary Vietnam: The Soldiers’ Story for the Learning Channel. That series reflected his knowledge of the war on a personal level and his strong commitment to show what it was like to take part in the Vietnam War for American soldiers.

“Jack was a strong and effective Vietnam veterans’ advocate, and he used his national media platform to speak out for those who served in the nation’s longest and most controversial overseas war. Vietnam veterans owe him a debt. We will miss him terribly.”


Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) is the nation's only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated to the needs of Vietnam-era veterans and their families.  VVA's founding principle is “Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another.”

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