Grand Rapids soldier killed in Baghdad

Grand Rapids soldier killed in Baghdad

There are 73 comments on the WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan story from Dec 26, 2008, titled Grand Rapids soldier killed in Baghdad. In it, WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan reports that:

Christopher Glen Smith, a soldier from Grand Rapids, was killed in a vehicle accident in Baghdad on Christmas Eve.

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“Trouble here in River City”

Since: Nov 08

West Michigan

#1 Dec 26, 2008
Thank you to this soldier and his family for paying the ultimate sacrifice. You are in my prayers.


Since: Nov 07

Rockford, MI

#2 Dec 26, 2008
RIP Staff Sgt.Smith
Thank you for serving.
Thank You

Berkley, MI

#3 Dec 26, 2008
Spc. Stephen M. Okray, 21, of St. Clair Shores also lost his life in this accident. May God Bless his soul and his family.

Breckenridge, CO

#4 Dec 26, 2008
My heart breaks for his family.

Georgetown, TX

#5 Dec 26, 2008
Being the wife with a family of a man serving in the middle east, this is where my heart aches I could not imagine the emails or phone calls to stop. My heart breaks for this family. Prayers will be said for peace and patience for the family as well as the other families affected

Battle Creek, MI

#6 Dec 26, 2008
Thank you and your family for your sacrifice.

United States

#7 Dec 26, 2008
Let me extend our deepest sympathy for you and your family during this tragic time. Thank you so much for the serving of our country. God bless you all.

Greenville, MI

#8 Dec 26, 2008
My thoughts are not only with this family in their time of grieving, but with ALL our troops who are gone. Your dedication and sacrifice mean SO much to me and my family and our thoughts and hearts are always with you! Be safe, and rest in peace to all who have been affected by these soldiers' passing.

“O__o ?”

Since: May 08


#9 Dec 26, 2008
Thank you for your sacrifice Staff Sgt. Smith. May God bless your family.

This is so difficult to hear.

Since: Nov 08

Grand Rapids, Michigan

#10 Dec 26, 2008
Let's all remember to say a big thank you and huge prayers for all who are serving and those whom have gave there all. Also pray for the families left behind. War is hell and I thank each and everyone of them for our freedom.
Remember if you out in a store or anywhere and you see a military person, walk up to them and thank them for their service. They are what and who keep us safe.
God Bless to All.
Matt N

Grosse Pointe, MI

#11 Dec 26, 2008
Thank you for everything may God bless his family and friends! I am praying for you in these hard times!
Car Guy

United States

#12 Dec 26, 2008
My thoughts & prayers to the Families, and a Special Thanks to them as well, Every Family should Know, How much their Loved ones sacrifice means to us
steve thomas

Grand Rapids, MI

#13 Dec 26, 2008
Words cannot convey the feelings that I feel for the loss for the family. I don't have the ability to express them, although I wish I did. My vocabulary only goes so far. Right now things are bleak, but they will get better over time. I know that the survivors will scratch their heads and wonder "who was that?" when a stranger walks in, salutes and leaves. Case closed.

Deerfield, IL

#14 Dec 27, 2008
Christopher Glen Smith


Hudsonville, MI

#15 Dec 27, 2008
Thank you S/Sgt Smith for your service to our nation. While it seems this nation has turned its back on you, that cannot be further from the truth for those of us that "get it."

Prayers to out to your family. It is bad enough that they have lost you, but to lose you at the holiday's on top of it.

Your service is being rewarded as you take up your next patrol for the Kingdom of Heaven. There is no greater love then for one to give up their life for another. And that is what you were doing...putting your life on the line for the safety, well-being and freedom of others.

God Bless you S/Sgt. Smith and your family. Your loss is not in vain.
enough already

Grand Rapids, MI

#16 Dec 27, 2008
Let's see how many more of our men and women we can "kill" by our senseless occupancy of these countries where we really have no business.

His service to our nation? Really now. Sounds more like his strings being pulled by the politicians that dont have the balls or do their own dirty work.

This guy died for nothing - mark my words...if you dont believe me lets meet back here in 5 years.

enough already

Grand Rapids, MI

#17 Dec 27, 2008
Marti from Michigan wrote:
Thank you for your sacrifice Staff Sgt. Smith. May God bless your family.
This is so difficult to hear.
Yes it is but Next??? But we will not lift a finger to stop one more senseless murder over there.
Whos next???

“Be Respectful”

Since: Jul 08

Grand Rapids

#20 Dec 27, 2008
My thoughts and prayers go out to your family, Staff Sgt. Smith. Thank you for serving our Country.

And I second what jomit said; Remember if you out in a store or anywhere and you see a military person, walk up to them and thank them for their service. Also, don't forget to thank our veterans.

United States

#21 Dec 27, 2008
For those who show no compassion for the loss of a soldier....

Unfortunately in your cases, one of the freedoms that are defended are your right to free speech. But, leave your hatred and venom in the pit of your stomachs, and continue on with your pathetic existence. Whether you agree with any type of US military actions or not, please just S T F U.

I also on the other hand, have the freedom of choice. I choose NOT to pray for you, and choose NOT to keep you in my thoughts. Except of course, to hope that God or the US military would strike you!

You P.O.S.'s are only reconfirming your disloyalty to your country.
Just ME

Fox Lake, WI

#22 Dec 27, 2008
Shame on you scenseless idiots who don't have any respect for the family of these brave men. You can get up a blow your horn anytime else..just give it a rest.

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