For years, veterans of older wars could receive casket burials only in Riverside. The new Miramar National Cemetery offers more options and closer proximity to one of the largest military communities in the U.S.
As a combat medic in Vietnam with the Army's 1st Air Cavalry Division in 1968 and 1969, John A. Smith III risked his life repeatedly to rescue wounded comrades. He was wounded three times and awarded the Bronze Star for valor.
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