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World War II - U.S. Army

Furman L Smith

  • Rank: Private
  • Conflict/Era: World War II
  • Unit/Command:
    Company L, 135th Infantry,
    34th Infantry Division
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: May 31, 1944
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: near Lanuvio, Italy
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. In its attack on a strongpoint, an infantry company was held up by intense enemy fire. The group to which Pvt. Smith belonged was far in the lead when attacked by a force of 80 Germans. The squad leader and one other man were seriously wounded and other members of the group withdrew to the company position, but Pvt. Smith refused to leave his wounded comrades. He placed them in the shelter of shell craters and then alone faced a strong enemy counterattack, temporarily checking it by his accurate rifle fire at close range, killing and wounding many of the foe. Against overwhelming odds, he stood his ground until shot down and killed, rifle in hand.
Medal of Honor Recipient Furman L. Smith
Medal of Honor Recipient Furman L. Smith
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Central, Pickins County, South Carolina
  • Awarded Posthumously: Yes
  • Born: May 11, 1925, Six Mile, Pickins County, SC, United States
  • Died: May 31, 1944, Italy
  • Buried: Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Cemetery (MH), Central, SC, United States

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