Walter B. Smith
Born in Winnebago, Illinois
September 5, 1929 – September
Westview Cem., Monroe Co., Tn
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Service Number 14217821
Died of Wounds
Died September 24, 1951 in Korea
Smith was son of Mr. and Mrs. Mack Smith of Sweetwater. Sgt. Smith was wounded September 21,
1951 while fighting with the 23rd Inf. Regiment, 2nd
Div. and died three days later at a field hospital.
The 22 year
old sergeant enlisted in the Army on Nov. 1, 1950, having served three
years previously in the Army shortly after the end of World War II. He was employed at Rockford, Ill.
prior to entering the service.
will be held from the East
Sweetwater Methodist Church,
Saturday, with Revs. B.F. McCracken and D.R. Greenhoe
officiating. Burial will be in West View Cemetery. The body will be taken to the family
residence on North Main
Street this afternoon. The Sweetwater Veterans of Foreign Wars
post will furnish Military Honors at the grave. (A long list of names of pallbearers
was also given)
Smith was a member of the 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division.
He was seriously wounded by the enemy in North Korea on September 21,
1951 and died of those wounds on September 24, 1951. Sergeant Smith was
awarded 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.
Sergeant Walter B. Smith served
with the 23rd Infantry Regiment, Second Division in Korea. He
re-entered the service on November 1, 1950 having served three years prior.
He was born September 25, 1929, in Sweetwater,
Tennessee, to Mr. S. Mack Smith
and Annie Lee Smith of Sweetwater.
The battle started on September 13, 1951, when elements of the 9th Infantry
and Sgt. Smith's 23rd Infantry attacked the North Korean position on several
key hills. Hill 931 was the center of Heartbreak
Ridge just a few miles north of the 38th parallel and the battle for that
hill was still ongoing eight days later on September 21, 1951. Sgt. Smith's
Regiment was engaged with the enemy and several times that day of heavy
fighting the elements of the 2nd Division would fight their way to the crest
of the hill only to be repulsed by the enemy with heavy machine gun fire,
mortar fire, and grenades hurled at their advancing positions. It was during
one of the advances that Sgt. Smith was wounded by the enemy and he was taken
to the back of the lines to a field hospital. He died of those wounds on
September 24, 1951.
His journey back to the United
States began aboard the transport Loma
Victory in the last months of 1951. He was repatriated at San
Francisco, California, on
December 22, 1951 and from California across
the United States
aboard the railroads. Sgt. Smith was returned home on January 10, 1952, and
funeral services were held at 2:30 pm January 12, 1952, at Sweetwater Methodist
Church. Sweetwater Post
Veterans of Foreign Wars furnished military honors
at the graveside in West
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