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Sgt Harold Smales

"Killed in Tragic accident Tuesday. He was a Lake Huntington painter and was crushed between an auto wrecker on which he was painting a sign and a school bus being worked on by a mechanic.
   Arrangements were by Rasmussen's Sons, Inc, Funeral Home, Narrowsburg, NY.
   Son of Harold and Amelia Adams Smales. He was married to Verna Smales.
   Survived by his widow; two sisters - Mildred Hutchinson and Evelyn MacNevin of College Point; several nieces and nephews; one step-daughter - Mrs. Rena Mae Smith of Lake Huntington; and two step grandchildren.
   He was a member of the VFW post of Calllicoon being a veteran of WWII, Red Fox Hunting Club and the Lake Huntington Fire Dept."

[from the Town of Tusten Historian obituary collection, Narrowsburg, Sullivan Co., NY]

[courtesy of Holly Bossley]

Grave marker for Harold Smales  in Fosterdale Cemetery, Cochecton (Sullivan), NY.

On 1 November 1914, Harold entered the U.S. at  Rouses Point, NY  via train at age of 1 when his parents immigrated from Vancouver, British Columbia.

Harold enlisted in the Army at Ft Jay, Governors Island, NY on 23 July 1942.

On 25 November 1942, Pvt Smales had his petition for citizenship granted.  He was then a member of Company B, 30th Infantry Training Battalion, Camp Croft, SC when he renounced his Canadian citizenship and pledged his oath OF allegiance to the United States.

Now a member of Service Company, 508th PIR, Pvt Smales was promoted to the grade of T/5 on 19 November 1943.  He was further elevated with a promotion to T/4 on 18 December 1943.

Then on 31 March 1944 he was promoted to Sergeant.

His military decorations include the Bronze Service Arrowhead device awarded for participation in Normandy assault.

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