(courtesy of "SWF")
Grave marker for Willie E. Smith in Riverside Cemetery,
Hazard (Perry county), Kentucky.
Willie enlisted in the Army at Peoria, IL on 1 January
1943 and became a member of Company A, 508th.
Pvt Smith participated in the jump into Normandy on
D-Day. He was wounded in action on 15 June 1944 and returned to
duty three days later. He was promoted to Pfc on 21 June 1944.
He was unable to join the assault into Holland due to
being hospitalized but did go into the fray in Belgium.
Pfc Smith was awarded the Bronze Service Arrowhead
device for his participation in the Normandy assault.