Smith, Fred E


US Official Pictures of the World War (WWI), Washington DC, 1920

Lt. Col. Fred E Smith

St Juvin, October 31, 1918. Lt. Col. Fred E Smith, 308th Inf. Col. Smith personally led a party of two other officers and ten soldiers and went forward to re-establish runner posts and carry ammunition to the front line. The party suddenly came under the fire of a group of enemy machine-guns 50 yards away. Directing the other members of the party to take cover, this officer in disreguard of his own danger drew his pistol and opened fire on the German gun crew. He fell, severly wounded in the side, but regaining his footing, he continued to fire on the enemy until most of the men in his party were out of danger. Then he made his way to a hand-grenade dump and returned to attack the enemy emplacements. As he was attempting to ascertain the post of the nearest nest he fell mortally wounded. He was awarded a Medal of Honor posthumously.

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