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Marshall N. Smith

Private, U.S. Army

32269302

20th Engineer Combat Battalion

Entered the Service from: New Jersey
Died: November 9, 1944
Buried at: Plot D Row 3 Grave 16
Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery
Henri-Chapelle, Belgium
Awards: Purple Heart


  PRIVATE MARSHALL N. SMITH, of 42 Harding Avenue, Oaklyn NJ, joined the Army on July 9, 1942. Born in Pennsylvania in 1920, he grew up in Oaklyn, attended Oaklyn Junior High, and was a 1940 graduate of Collingswood (NJ) High School, where he was on the track team his senior year. His interests included bowling, ice skating, and traveling. He had stated that he planned to work in a a garage after leaving High school.

Marshall Smith was drafted and went into the Army on June 9, 1942. He received his training at Camp Craft, and was sent overseas almost immediately, leaving the US as a member of 1st Battalion, 20th Engineer Combat Regiment. He went overseas on October 26, 1942. He took part in the invasion of North Africa on November 11, 1942, where the 20th Engineer Regiment deployed to Casablanca, French North Africa. There the regiment cleared and secured port facilities, then fortified the hotel where President Roosevelt and Prime Minister Churchill met for the Casablanca Conference. The regiment next executed a motor march over 1,000 miles of desert to join the command of General Omar Bradley. In Tunisia, the regimental commander devised a coded directional marker, the Wavy Arrow, to mark all 20th Engineer equipment. On 6 July 1943, the regiment departed Tunisia with the 3rd Infantry Division and conducted a first wave assault landing onto the beaches of Sicily. 

On November 27, 1943, the 20th Engineer Combat Regiment arrived in Scotland to prepare for D-Day. The unit was reorganized, and 1st Battalion was re-designated the 20th Engineer Combat Battalion. They landed in France on D-Day, June 6, 1944, and fought across Northern France. For its efforts on Omaha Beach, the battalion was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation and the French Croix de Guerre.

Private Marshall N. Smith was wounded in Germany on November 8, 1944. He died of his wounds the following day.  He was survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Smith, and a sister, Sgt. Florence Smith, a member of the United States Marine Corps.



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