David Monroe Smith

David Monroe Smith

Birth
Livingston, Rockcastle County, Kentucky, USA
Death 1 Sep 1950 (aged 23)
South Korea
Burial Livingston, Rockcastle County, Kentucky, USA
Memorial ID 7743916 · View Source
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Korean War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He was killed in action. He served as a Private First Class, Mortar Gunner, in the United States Army in Company E, 9th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on September 1, 1950 near Yongsan, Korea. His citation reads in part "Bitter fighting ensued and the enemy overran forward elements, infiltrated the perimeter, and rendered friendly positions untenable. The mortar section was ordered to withdraw, but the enemy had encircled and closed in on the position. Observing a grenade lobbed at his emplacement, Pfc. Smith shouted a warning to his comradees and, fully aware of the odds against him, flung himself upon it and smothered the explosion with his body. Although mortally wounded in this display of valor, his intrepid act saved five men from death or serious injury." For his leadership and great valor, he was awarded the Medal of Honor, the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantryman's Badge, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.

Bio by: Don Morfe


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  • Originally Created by: Don Morfe
  • Added: 7 Aug 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7743916
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for David Monroe Smith (10 Nov 1926–1 Sep 1950), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7743916, citing Jake Ponder Cemetery, Livingston, Rockcastle County, Kentucky, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .