World War II Highlight of: The "Blood and Fire" Route

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Title

World War II Highlight of: The "Blood and Fire" Route

Alternative Title

63rd Infantry Division Route

Subject

World War II, 1939-1945
Veterans--Florida

Description

A battle map of major battles fought by the 63rd Infantry Division, nicknamed "Blood and Fire," during World War II. One notable member of this regiment 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 map.

Date Created

ca. 1944-1945

Is Part Of

Epinal American Cemetery Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.

Format

image/jpg

Extent

Medium

1 map

Language

eng

Type

Still Image

Coverage

Rhineland, Germany

Accrual Method

Donation

Audience

Mediator

History Teacher
Civics/Government Teacher

Rights Holder

This resource is provided here by RICHES of Central Florida for educational purposes only.

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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