Award of Combat Infantryman Badge

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Title

Award of Combat Infantryman Badge

Alternative Title

Combat Infantryman Badge

Subject

World War II, 1939-1945
Veterans--Florida

Description

A document announcing the award of Combat Infantryman Badges to three former members of the 255th Infantry Regiment of the 63rd Infantry Division. One notable solider who received this badge was Captain William H. Smith (1920-1945). Smith was born on November 28, 1920, as the youngest of three children to John Seward Smith and Eva Wilds Smith. The Smiths lived at 419 Smith Street in Jacksonville, Florida. Three days before his 20th birthday, Smith enlisted in the U.S. Army to serve during World War II. He became a member of the combat infantry of the 63rd Infantry Division's 255th Infantry Regiment. Capt. Smith was Killed in Action (KIA) on January 3, 1945, in the Ardennes region, repelling German forces during Operation Nordwind, the last German offensive of the war. After his death, Capt. Smith was awarded the Combat Infantrymen Badge, effective January 2, 1945, as well as a Bronze Star and Purple Heart for his sacrifice. He is buried at Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial in Dinozé, France.

Source

Digital reproduction of original typewritten document by Harry J. Walters, 1944.

Date Created

ca. 1944-10-17

Is Part Of

Epinal American Cemetery Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.

Format

image/jpg

Extent

Medium

1 typewritten document

Language

eng

Type

Text

Coverage

Jacksonville, Florida

Accrual Method

Donation

Audience

Mediator

History Teacher
Civics/Government Teacher

Provenance

Originally created by Harry J. Walters.

Rights Holder

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Contributing Project

Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial Project

Curator

Callahan, Ryan
Cepero, Laura

Digital Collection

External Reference

"GRid=56375612" target="_blank">Capt William H Smith." Find A Grave. http://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&
GRid=56375612.

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