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Lieutenant Colonel 

William Henry Smith Jr.

 

Basic Information

Name
William Henry Smith Jr.
Birth
15 Apr 1915
Biloxi, Harrison, Mississippi, USA
Death
18 Apr 1998
Troy, Pike, Alabama, USA
Time In Service
From: 10 Jul 1940
To: 30 Aug 1960

Affiliation

Allegiance
United States of America
Branch of Service
Army
Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Unit(s)
Specialty
Intelligence
Current Status
Retired Military

Service Record

War
World War II
Battle(s)

Honors & Awards

Award(s)

Ft. Jackson, 1942

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.
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Smitty April 1944

Capt. William Henry Smith, Jr, is in the 2nd row, 2nd from the right.
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Maj William H Smith Feb 1945

Maj. William H. Smith, Jr.
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Smitty in Paris during WWII

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Awarded Bronze Star

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.
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Smitty w:Navy 1959

Stationed in Taiwan.
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Appreciation

Certificate of Appreciation to William H Smith on his retirement from the United States Army Chief of Staff.
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Dad on Wiley's Wedding Day 1979

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Smitty Army

William Henry Smith, Jr.
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Smitty Army ID photo

William Henry Smith, Jr.
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Smitty's WWII experience

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."
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Article in Enterprise Daily Ledger 5 Jun 1994

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. "...   [ Read more » ]
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William H Smith 1994 bw

Photo taken for portrait
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Dad's sleeve insignia WWII

WWII sleeve insignia for European theater.
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Dad's medals

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
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