[courtesy of Betty Susong]
Grave marker for
Wilbur E. Smith in Greenlawn Cemetery, Frankfort (Clinton county),
Wilbur enlisted in the Army at Fort Benjamin Harrison, IN
on 25 March 1943.
On 26 September 1944, Pvt Smith was transferred from Hq
82d AB Division Leicester, England to Service Company, 508th PIR.
He was subsequently transferred to Hq Hq on 24 November 1944.
Pvt Smith was appointed to the grade of Pfc on 4 January
On 26 January 1945 Pfc Smith was evacuated to a field
hospital and classified as a non-battle casualty. On 26 April
1945, after lengthy hospitalization, he was transferred to the
hospital's Detachment of Patients and did not return to the regiment.
His military decorations include the Combat Infantryman
Badge awarded for action during campaign, 18 Dec 1944 to 20 Feb 1945
Wilbur E. Smith died on 24 Jun 1968 of an Acute
myocardial infarction while a patient in the Clinton County hospital,
He had been employed as a
printer for a newspaper.