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Admin/Biog History Harold L. Smith was born in Oshkosh, WI on December 18, 1897, the son of Henry A. Smith and Minna Kliss Smith. He elisted in Company F, 2nd Wisconsin National Guard and served on the Mexican Border in 1916. In 1917 Company F became Company C, 150th Machine Gun Battalion, 42nd Division. Harold was killed in action on July 29, 1918 during the Battle of Chateau Thierry by a shrapnel wound to the head. His body was returned to Oshkosh and buried at Riverside Cemetery, Lot 4, Block 110.
Collection World War I Small Collections
Dates of Accumulation July 21, 1918
Abstract Letter on French partiotic letterhead to parents from Henry L. Smith, Company C, 150th Machine Gun Battalion, 42nd Division, while in France. He discusses: praise for the division; the recent German offensive; fighting in battle; captured prisoners;and casualties.
Sunday July 21, 1918
Dear Parents,
Received your most welcome letters yesterday and can say I was more than glad to hear from home. Your letters found me in good health and enjoying life as much as possible. We have been a real live bunch of boys for the last week. It surly will be in all papers long before this reaches you. This division has made a name for itself that (some) say (will) go down in history and shall ever be mentioned. The Bocks planned a drive on an 80 kilometer front here. They pitted 25 divisions against the 4 or 5 divisions that were holding the front here on our side. But were driven back at all points of the line with heavy loses. They were left to come within 100 yds. of our lines before a single shot was fired at them. But when the 100 yds. line was reached it was one roar and spit of fire and they were mowed down like hay. It sure was terrible. But wave after wave as they came got the same dose. Machine guns and small rifles just cut them right off the face of the earth. We took a number of prisoners and drove them back to their own lines at one place on a 40 kilometers front they were drove back for 30 kilometers and the last we heard the cavalry was still chasing them. Oh it was one grand glorious victory for all who partook in it. Of course we did not get through without any casualties either. We had a number of casualties in the company. But the boys are all well and happy. Happy of the victory won by us. Will close Love to all
Your Son
Harold L. Smith
Co. C. 150 M.G.Bn.
American E.F. A.P.O. 715
OK-1st. Lt. Wm. Jung
Event World War I
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Legal Status Oshkosh Public Museum
Object ID SC411.10.12.4
Object Name Letter
People Smith, Harlod L.
Subjects World War I
150th Machine Gun Battalion
42nd Division
Campaigns & battles
Prisoners of war
Title Letter
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