Antoine Demetrius Smith - Home on Leave from Paris Island

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Antoine Demetrius Smith - Home on Leave from Paris Island

Antoine Demetrius Smith - Home on Leave from Paris Island

by:
gildeagirl
May 21, 2017

Antoine Demetrius Smith - Toine as his mother called him - joined the Marines just five days after he graduated from Dr. Phillip's High School in May 2001. He reported for duty to Paris Island, South Carolina, and was sworn in as a Marine Private First Class on May 26, 2001. Antoine was station in Norfolk, Virginia, Third Fast Company, as an Anti-terrorist Lance Corporal. In 2002 and 2003 he served at various locations including Alaska, Germany, Greeland, and Iceland. In August 2004, Antoine received orders to report for duty in Iraq to fight for freedom. Antoine was killed in combat on November 15, 2004 in Al Anbar province Iraq in the battle to take Fallujah. He was awarded the Purple Heart for his bravery in combat. 

This photo was taken at First Baptist Church Orlando when Antoine was home on leave from bootcamp in Paris Island, South Carolina. His mother Deborah had taken so many photos and was teasing him and he asked her to stop with all the photographs. 

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