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PFC Alan Milton Smith

PFC Alan Milton Smith

Birth
Pennsylvania, USA
Death 16 Jun 1944 (aged 27)
Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands
Burial Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA
Plot Plot B Grave 540
Memorial ID 32681986 · View Source
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Alan M. Smith enlisted in the Marine Corps after the attack on Pearl Harbor. He listed his home state as Pennsylvania and attended boot camp at Parris Island. Smith's MOS was the M1917 Browning heavy machine gun, and he was assigned to a team of six other gunners in Dog Company, 24th Marines.

Smith fought on the island of Namur, and a few months later he and his team were transferred to Able Company of the same regiment.

The squad, under Corporal Anthony Pramberger, survived the landing and the first day of combat without a hitch. However, on the night of June 16, 1944, they were placed in an exposed position guarding the battered lines. Exactly what happened to them is unknown, but the squad of seven were wiped out to a man. Other members of the company tried to go to their aid, but were driven back by heavy artillery fire, suffering several more casualties, and couldn't reach the crew.

Six of the gunners survived, but suffered debilitating wounds and would never return to the company. Alan Milton Smith was killed outright.

He was buried in the Fourth Marine Division cemetery, then later reinterred in the Punchbowl.

Gravesite Details Entered the service from Pennsylvania.

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  • Created by: Geoffrey Roecker
  • Added: 6 Jan 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 32681986
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for PFC Alan Milton Smith (6 Aug 1916–16 Jun 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 32681986, citing National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA ; Maintained by Geoffrey Roecker (contributor 47006169) .