Operation Iraqi Freedom, Fallen Heroes, Iraq War 03/19/03

Leon Smith

Wellington, New Zealand

September 28, 2011

Age Rank Unit/Location
33 L/Cpl New Zealand Special Air Service 
Smith was one of 15 New Zealand SAS troopers assisting Afghan soldiers who were attempting to serve an arrest warrant at a compound suspected to house suicide bombers in Wardak province, Afghanistan, on September 28, 2011. When they entered the compound, the suspected insurgents opened fire, hitting Smith in the head, and he died of his wounds at a military hospital.

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