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Louis D. Smith

22nd Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division

Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army

Entered the Service from:

Tennessee

Died:

7/13/1944

Grave Location:

Plot C, Row 12, Grave 38

Members of the 4th Infantry Division scale an anti-tank wall at Utah Beach on June 6, 1944.


On July 9, 1944, as part of his company’s advance SSgt. Louis D. Smith was attacking along a highway in Carentan, France. The highway was subjected to heavy enemy fire, pinning Smith and his company down. Without regard for his personal safety, Smith voluntarily left his position and crawled towards the enemy machine gun nest. He successfully knocked out the nest by killing five of the crewmen. Due to this, the 4thInfantry Division was able to complete the assigned mission. Smith received the Silver Star for his actions.

Four days later, on July 13, 1944, Smith was killed in action.

American howitzers shell German forces retreating near Carentan, June 13, 1944.

Awards: Silver Star, Purple Heart

Louis D. Smith is buried in Normandy American Cemetery Plot C, Row 12, Grave 38.