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First Name: David

Last Name: Smith

Birthplace: Livingston, KY, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Home of Record: Livingston, KY
Middle Name: Monroe

Date of Birth: 10 November 1926

Date of Death: 01 September 1950

Rank: Private First Class

Years Served:
David Monroe Smith

•  Korean War (1950 - 1953)


David Monroe Smith
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Medal of Honor Recipient
Korean War

David Monroe Smith was born on 10 November 1926, at Livingston, KY. He was a Private First Class in the United States Army during the Korean War and was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions and self-sacrifice on 1 September 1950.

Medal of Honor

Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Army, Company E, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division

Place and date: Near Yongsan, Korea, 1 September 1950

G.O. No.: 78, 21 August 1952


Pfc. Smith, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and outstanding courage above and beyond the call of duty in action. Pfc. Smith was a gunner in the mortar section of Company E, emplaced in rugged mountainous terrain and under attack by a numerically superior hostile force. Bitter fighting ensued and the enemy overran forward elements, infiltrated the perimeter, and rendered friendly positions untenable. The mortar section was ordered to withdraw, but the enemy had encircled and closed in on the position. Observing a grenade lobbed at his emplacement, Pfc. Smith shouted a warning to his comrades and, fully aware of the odds against him, flung himself upon it and smothered the explosion with his body. Although mortally wounded in this display of valor, his intrepid act saved 5 men from death or serious injury. Pfc. Smith's inspirational conduct and supreme sacrifice reflect lasting glory on himself and are in keeping with the noble traditions of the infantry of the U.S. Army.

Other Medals

In addition to the Medal of Honor, PFC Smith was awarded the Purple Heart.

Death and Burial

PFC David Monroe Smith was killed in action on 1 September 1950. He is buried at Smith on the Hill Ponder in Livingston, Rockcastle County, KY.

Honoree ID: 1240   Created by: MHOH




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