Wednesday, March 1, 2017
PFC Benjamin Edwin Smith
Benjamin was drafted in June 1944, completed his basic military training and was then sent to the European theater in September 1944. However he was apparently not sent to a combat unit until he was transferred from the replacement depot to G Company 116th Infantry on 15 Dec 1944. PVT Smith was promoted to PFC on 2 Feb 1945. He was killed in action on 1 Mar 1945 near Mönchengladbach, Germany.
PFC Smith rests forever in the Netherlands American Cemetery.
His brother, Albert Edward Smith also served in the U.S. Army in the European theater.