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World War II 1
Rank:
Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army 1
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Full Name:
Louis D Smith 1
Death:
Buried: Buried at: Plot C Row 12 Grave 38<BR>Normandy American Cemetery<BR>Colleville-sur-Mer, France 1
Death: 13-Jul-44 1
Death Date: 13 Jul 1944 1
Memorial Cemetery: Normandy American Cemetery 1
Memorial Country: Colleville-sur-Mer, France 1
Memorial Location: Plot C Row 12 Grave 38 1
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State: Tennessee 1
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World War II 1

Rank:
Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army 1
Service Number:
34140775 1
Awards:
Silver Star, Purple Heart 1
Regiment:
22nd Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division 1

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Louis D. Smith

Madisonville, Tn

Madisonville Democrat, May 23, 1945

Staff Sgt. Louis D. Smith, son of Mrs. Maude M. Smith, of Route 2, who was killed in action while serving with the 4th Infantry Division, Seventh Army, has been awarded the Silver Star posthumously for gallantry in action.Sgt. Smith was decorated for action in the vicinity of Carentan, France, July 9, 1944, four days before he was killed, when he eliminated an enemy machine gun which was holding up his platoon.He received the following citation:“While Sgt. Smith’s company was attacking along a highway, it was subjected to a heavy barrage of 88 mm, and machine gun fire, pinning the company down.Realizing the precarious position of his unit, Sgt. Smith, without regard for his personal safety, voluntarily left his position of cover.By creeping and crawling, he advanced on an enemy machine gun nest and succeeded in knocking it out, killing the five-man crew and thereby relieving enough pressure from his platoon to enable it to complete the assigned mission.Sgt. Smith’s outstanding courage, initiative and devotion to duty are in keeping with the finest traditions of the armed forces of the United States.”

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