An ad placed in the Courier-Journal a week before Memorial Day in 1999 read, “Family (daughter) of Cpl. Charles A. Smith 3rd BAT. 1st Marines, Kilo Co., killed in Vietnam 2-28-68. Have photo. Want to give to family,” and listed a phone number Chris Giordano.
Cpl. Charles Smith is my brother. He was killed on Feb. 29, 1968 ... six days after his 20th birthday. Chris Giordano is an extension of our family now. He had served in Vietnam with Charlie. He was wounded, losing his left arm in January 1968.