David M. Smith
|David Monroe Smith|
Medal of Honor recipient
November 10, 1926|
|Died||September 1, 1950
Near Yongsan, Korea
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Rank||Private First Class|
|Unit||Company E, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division|
|Awards||Medal of Honor
Medal of Honor citation
G.O. No.: 78, August 21, 1952
Pfc. Smith, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and outstanding courage above and beyond the call of duty in action. Pfc. Smith was a gunner in the mortar section of Company E, emplaced in rugged mountainous terrain and under attack by a numerically superior hostile force. 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 comrades 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 5 men from death or serious injury. Pfc. Smith's inspirational conduct and supreme sacrifice reflect lasting glory on himself and are in keeping with the noble traditions of the infantry of the U.S. Army.
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- ""DAVID M. SMITH" entry". Medal of Honor recipients: Korean War. United States Army Center of Military History. June 8, 2009. Retrieved 2007-12-31.
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