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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 January 20, 1919
Abstract Letter to Henry A. Smith from the War Department confirming the death of Private Henry L. Smith, Company C, 150th Machine Gun Battalion, 42nd Division, while in France.

The Adjutant General's Office
Washington, January 20, 1919

Mr. Henry Smith
1108 Michigan St.,
Oshkosh, Wis.

Dear Sir:

Confirming the telegram of even date from the The Adjutant General, I regret to inform you that it is officially reported that Private Harold Smith, Machine Gun Battalion, died July 29, 1918 from wounds received in action.

The cable received in this office further states that the delay in notification was caused by the fact that the first report of the death of Private Harold Smith, was received at the Headquarters of the American Expeditionary Forces in the final report of the First Army Division.

Deeply sympathizing with you in your loss.

Adjutant General.
Event World War I
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Legal Status Oshkosh Public Museum
Object ID SC411.10.12.5
Object Name Letter
People Smith, Harlod L.
Subjects World War I
150th Machine Gun Battalion
42nd Division
Death & burial
Title Letter
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