Company "A" 608th Tank Battalion, 1st Lt. William H. Smith, Commanding. 2nd Lt. William A. Nelson, 1st Sgt. William C. Lassiter. William H Smith is seated on the front row with the battalion flag on his knee.
Capt. William Henry Smith, Jr, is in the 2nd row, 2nd from the right.
Maj. William H. Smith, Jr.
Dad being congratulated on being awarded the Bronze Star. He is also wearing ribbons for the American Campaign, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign, and World War II Victory awards. Note the 5 stripes on his left sleeve indicating 2.5 years in a combat zone.
Stationed in Taiwan.
Certificate of Appreciation to William H Smith on his retirement from the United States Army Chief of Staff.
William Henry Smith, Jr.
William Henry Smith, Jr.
In 1984, Smitty wrote the following in a letter:
"In 1943, I was assigned to the British Military Intelligence Section (MIRS) which was part of the London Control Section (LCS). My over all boss was Colonel John H. Beven (British). Our job was to make the Germans think we were to land at Pas-de-Calais instead of Normandy.
"On 'D plus two' I went to France under Brig. E. T. Williams (British) who was the G-2 of the 12th Army Group, collecting documents for MIRS and doing some other things of a classified nature."
D-Day Memories: William Smith Second Lieutenant William Smith was relatively new to Military Intelligence, but he could tell something big was brewing as he boarded the Flying Scott, the fastest train in Europe. He had been ordered to London and immediately upon his arrival found himself onboard the train headed towards an unknown destination. "I learned early on to accept orders without question, but that doesn't mean I wasn't curious," he said. Unbeknownst to Smith, the mission he would be performing helped to lay the groundwork for the invasion force on June 6th. Although he will not say exactly what mission he and his men played, he does say they helped to save American lives. Smith said by the time he and his troop hit the shores of Utah Beach on D-Day plus two, much of the activity had died down. "That particular shore was defended by German soldiers who averaged 17 years of age, they were inexperienced and confused," he explained. "...
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WWII sleeve insignia for European theater.
Awards for William Henry Smith, Jr.: Bronze Star Medal American Defense Service Medal American Campaign Medal European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal & Bronze Star attachment (Triple) World War II Victory Medal Army of Occupation Medal & Germany Clasp National Defense Service Medal Armed Forces Reserve Medal & Hourglass Device Gold