[courtesy of Holly Bossley]
Grave marker for Harold Smales
in Fosterdale Cemetery, Cochecton (Sullivan), NY.
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
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.