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Durham Native Receives Honors From Army Publication

Posted July 13, 2007

— A soldier from the Triangle is enjoying some time in the spotlight.

Capt. Scott Smiley was recently named the 2007 Army Times Soldier of the Year. Smiley lives in Durham, but he's stationed in Virginia.

Smiley was serving in Iraq in 2005 when he was blinded in a bombing, but that has not stopped him from achieving his goals.

Smiley recently climbed Mount Rainier. He has also surfed in Hawaii and skied in Vail.


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  • choppa Jul 13, 2007

    Kudos Capt. Smiley. Wow! Capt. Smiley is a cool name.

  • GWALLY Jul 13, 2007

    ...wow...thank you so very much for your sacrifice Capt. Smiley....and thank you WRAL for the story.....self sufficiency should be a way of life for everyone, and this story shows it !!!

  • 1Moms_View Jul 13, 2007

    Congrats to Capt. Smiley. NC residents should be proud of you. I thank you for your service. You are an example for kids today to follow. They need more like you to show them the positive and hardworking way instead of crime and drugs. Kudos to you for having the personal strength and drive to complete your goals after your blindness. I work with a blind student and plan to Braille this article so he can read it.

    Yes, to the other poster, it is a sad thing that this article gets no notice or comments, yet one on a criminal gets hundreds of them. Sad comment on our society now.

  • Jokers Wild Jul 13, 2007

    Way to GO Capt. Smiley! Keep up the Hard Work, and Thank you for your sacrifice.

    GG - The reason there are only 3 comments is because its not enough misery for the miserable,lol. Misery loves company, they tend to stick with their own kind.

  • Jake Wildstar Jul 13, 2007

    Way to go Capt. Dont ever lose that drive, or mentality. Show the rest of the world that even when a soldier is down, they are not out.

  • skinnycow Jul 13, 2007

    Of course something positive is being reported about Durham about a Durhamite or resident there and no comments or congrats to the person. Typical. Let me be the first to say congrats to Capt. Scott Smiley. We appreciate the job you do!