Member of the Regiment biography for
(Ret.) Samuel M. Smith (1999)
When CSM (Ret.) Samuel "Mac" Smith
retired as 516th Signal Brigades command sergeant major in 1996 after 30
years of Army service, a speaker at his retirement dinner took note of his leadership and
expertise, but also his sense of humor. CSM Smith was trainer and mentor to his soldiers,
but he included Army civilians and family members in his Army family. His ability in
communications and automation was well-known throughout the Signal Regiment, dating to
1986 and the Computer Science School, where he was responsible as the schools
sergeant major for all enlisted training including eight courses and 1,400 students
His assignments included, the Force
Integration Staff Office, 24th Infantry Division (Mechanized), Fort
Benning, Ga., Fort Benjamin Harrison, IN., Fort Stewart, GA., Fort
Shafter, HI., as well as service in Vietnam, Korea and the Defense Communications Agency in Europe.
CSM Smith passed away January 29, 2002 from colon cancer.
His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit,
five awards of the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Signal Corps Regimental
Associations Silver Order of Mercury.
CSM Smith was inducted as a Distinguished Member of the
Signal Regiment in 1999.
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Regimental Special Projects Officer
Smith as 516th Signal Brigade command
sergeant major, 1996.