Grave marker for Merritt
E. Smith in Plot D, Site 187 of the Fort Custer National Cemetery,
Augusta (Kalamazoo county), Michigan.
Merritt enlisted in the
Army at Kalamazoo, MI on 15 February 1943 and was assigned to the 509th
On 7 February 1945 Pvt
Smith was transferred to Company H, 508th PIR. He also
served later with Hq 3rd Battalion.
Pfc Smith was
awarded the Bronze service Arrowhead device for the Southern France
Campaign and Airborne Operations.