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Col Cornelius Cole Smith, Sr

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Col Cornelius Cole Smith, Sr

  • Birth 7 Apr 1869 Tucson, Pima County, Arizona, USA
  • Death 10 Jan 1936 Riverside, Riverside County, California, USA
  • Burial Riverside, Riverside County, California, USA
  • Plot 393-5
  • Memorial ID 6807847

Indian Wars Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served as a First Sergeant in the 6th Cavalry, US Army. On January 1, 1891, First Sergeant Smith was in command of a supply train escort at White River, South Dakota. As the train prepared to cross a partially frozen White River, they were engaged by a force of 300 Sioux Indians. With only four men, First Sergeant Smith repelled the attack by the superior enemy force, held his position and prevented the Indian warriors from capturing the supply wagons. For distinguished bravery in the face of the enemy, he was awarded the Medal of Honor. Remaining in the Army, he served in the Spainish Amercian War, Philippines, World War I and retired a Colonel.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Originally Created by: William Barritt
  • Added: 28 Sep 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6807847
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Col Cornelius Cole Smith, Sr (7 Apr 1869–10 Jan 1936), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6807847, citing Evergreen Memorial Park and Mausoleum, Riverside, Riverside County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .