C.C. Smith, a native of Morristown, graduated from ETSU with a bachelor’s degree in
biology in 1964 and was commissioned as a U.S. Army second lieutenant through the
ETSU ROTC program.
A platoon leader with the 25th Chemical Company in South Korea, he returned to the
U.S. in 1966.
As a newly minted captain, he was sent to Vietnam with the first shipment of gravel
After attending the Chemical Officers Advanced Course, he was assigned to command
ordnance companies in Germany before being named chief of an instruction branch at
the Chemical School at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland. Next, he was selected to go to the Kingdom of Jordan to help establish a chemical
school and nuclear, biological and chemical defense program, a task he repeated the
next year in Portugal.
A tour as commander of the 267th Chemical Company on Johnston Atoll followed.
Before his retirement in 1993, he also served in London, England and as chief of the
Chemical Defense Section in the Pentagon.