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Fred E. Smith

308th Infantry Regiment, 77th Infantry Division

Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army

Entered the Service from:

North Dakota

Died:

9/29/1918

Grave Location:

Plot A, Row 7, Grave 18

When communication between a forward regimental post and its leading battalion broke down, Lt. Col. Fred E. Smith personally led a party of two other officers and ten soldiers to reestablish runner posts and carry ammunition to the front line.

In all the confusion, a guide strayed to the left flank beyond the outposts of the troops, coming under fire from a group of enemy machineguns just 50 yards away. Lt. Col. Smith, in complete disregard for his personal safety, drew his pistol and opened fire. He was severely wounded on his side but refused first aid until the men in his party were out of danger. In plain view, Lt. Col. Smith made his way to a hand grenade dump and returned to deal with the heavy machinegun fire. While attempting to locate the nearest nest, he fell, mortally wounded.

Awards: Medal of Honor, French Legion d’Honneur and Italian Croce al Merito di Guerra

Medal of Honor

Fred E. Smith is buried in Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery Plot A, Row 7, Grave 18.