Corporal Curtis Lee Smith enlisted into the North Carolina National Guard on September 11, 1916, at Camp Glenn, NC, at age 18. When the US entered WWI, his unit became Company G, 119th Infantry, of the 30th "Old Hickory" Division. He served overseas from May 11, 1918 - April 2, 1919. Cpl Smith was honorably discharged on April 9, 1919.
He received the following citation for a Silver Star:
By direction of the President, under the provisions of the act of Congress approved July 9, 1918 (Bul. No. 43, W.D., 1918), Corporal Curtis L. Smith (ASN: 1315927), United States Army, is cited by the Commanding General, American Expeditionary Forces, for gallantry in action and a silver star may be placed upon the ribbon of the Victory Medals awarded him. Corporal Smith distinguished himself by gallantry in action while serving with Company G, 119th Infantry Regiment, 30th Division, American Expeditionary Forces, in action near St. Souplet, France, 10 October 1918, in alone going forward and operating his machine gun, after the rest of his squad had become casualties.
Curtis Lee Smith
Oct. 3, 1897 Sept. 7, 1982
U.S. Army Hero, WWI
Beloved husband and father
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