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Farris D SmithUnit: 17 Engr Bn 2nd Armd Div, Company A Rank: Private First ClassBorn: 06/03/1922
Awards and Citations: Purple Heart
Deceased: 10/13/1944 (Killed in Action)
Location: Würselen, Germany
Hometown: Missouri, Texas County
Army Serial Number: 17161706
Burial: Hillcrest Cemetery, Mountain Grove, Wright County, Missouri, USA
Plot: North East 1st 130-4
Location grave Private First Class Farris D Smith at the Hillcrest Cemetery Mountain Grove:
Where was Private First Class Farris D Smith killed in action?
Campaign: Rhineland Campaign, Breeching the Siegfried Line
(Source: Unit History 17th Armored Engineer Battalion)
General Leland Hobbs’ 30th Infantry Division would be assisted by the 2nd Armored Division, which would exploit the 30th Division’s penetration of the Siegfried Line, while their flanks were protected by the 29th Infantry Division.
The 30th Infantry Division, with elements of the 29th Infantry and 2nd Armored divisions, continued its push southwards between 13–16 October, in the sector of the village of Würselen; however, even with heavy air support, they were unsuccessful in breaking through German defenses and linking up with allied forces to the south. The Germans took advantage of the narrow front to pound advancing attackers with artillery, and progress remained slow as German tanks used houses as bunkers to surprise and overwhelm American foot soldiers.
Germany, on 13 October 1944, when his organization participated in a coordinated infantry-tank attack destined to isolate the large German garrison which was tenaciously defending the city of Aachen. In the first day’s action, when infantrymen ran into murderous small-arms and mortar fire, Capt. Burt dismounted from his tank about 200 yards to the rear and moved forward on foot beyond the infantry positions, where, as the enemy concentrated a tremendous volume of fire upon him, he calmly motioned his tanks into good firing positions.
(Source: Medal of Honor Citation: BURT, JAMES M.Rank and organization: Captain, U.S. Army, Company B, 66th Armored Regiment, 2d Armored Division. Place and date: Near Wurselen, Germany, 13 October 1944)
On 12 October 1944 the 3rd Battalion was attached to the 116th In-fantry Regiment of the 30th Infantry Division at Bardenburg. The regiment’s mission was to attack toward Wurselen with the goal of cutting the routes leading north and northwest out of Aachen. The attack south began on 13 October, with each of the three tank companies (G, H, and B) attached to a battalion of the 116th Infantry. The attack advanced slowly over the next several days as the Germans fought with everything they had. Their resis-tance was so intense on 16 October that the American battalion was unable to advance even three hundred yards as they had done the day before. Ger-man attacks were frequent and employed heavy concentrations of mortar and artillery fire, a desperate bid to keep Aachen from being encircled.’
(Source: Iron Knights: The U.S. 66th Armored Regiment in World War II by Gordon A. Blaker)
The Company that Private First Class Farris D Smith served was Company A of the 17th Armored Engineer Battalion.
Company A 17th Armored Engineer Battalion, in Combat Command B
The resources tells us that around the 13th of october the plantoons of Company A of the 17th Engineers saw a lot of action, Private First Class Farris D Smith was in Company A.
With the 117th Infantry Regiment of the 30th Infantry Division on the 10th of October they attacked Schaufenberg, and cuptured it, Engineers laid mines and boobytraps.
Then on the 13th of October 1944, Combat Command B with the 66th Armored Division, a battalion of the 116th infantry, 29th infantry Division, and 1 platoon of A Company, 17th Engineers start to attack toward Würselen with the goal of cutting the routes leading north and northwest out of Aachen. The Germans fought with everthing they had and had heavy of mortar and artillery fire. Finally they closed the cap at the south of Aachen.
Location where Private First Class Farris D Smith was killed in action:
Around the 13th of October Combat Commands were active around Würselen.
Official casualty list Private First Class Farris D Smith
Headstone Application Card Private First Class Farris D Smith
The location in the year 1930 where Farris D Smith lived with the family, as an 8 year old :
Adress: Brush Creek, Wright, Missouri, United States
US Sensus 1930
|Name||Farris D Smith|
|Event Place||Brush Creek, Wright, Missouri, United States|
|Relationship to Head of Household||Stepson|
|Relationship to Head of Household||Stepson|
|Birth Year (Estimated)||1922|
|Clarence A Savewinger||Head||M||60||Kansas|
|Hannah D Savewinger||Wife||F||43||Missouri|
|Ella F Smith||Stepdaughter||F||13||Missouri|
|Eurman F Smith||Stepson||M||10||Missouri|
|Farris D Smith||Stepson||M||8||Missouri|
|Clarence A Savewinger||Male||60||Married||White||Head||1870||Ohio||B|
|Hannah D Savewinger||Female||43||Married||White||Wife||1887||Missouri||Kentucky||Indiana||B||7|
|Ella F Smith||Female||13||Single||White||Stepdaughter||1917||Missouri||Missouri||Missouri||B||7|
|Eurman F Smith||Male||10||Single||White||Stepson||1920||Missouri||Missouri||Missouri||B||7|
|Farris D Smith||Male||8||Single||White||Stepson||1922||Missouri||Missouri||Missouri||B||7|
Date of Enlistment:
3 December 1942
Place of Enlistment:
Jefferson Barracks Missouri
Component of the Army:
Army of the United States – includes the following: Voluntary enlistments effective December 8, 1941 and thereafter; One year enlistments of National Guardsman whose State enlistment expires while in the Federal Service; Officers appointed in the Army of the United States under Army Regulations 605-10
Source of Army Personnel:
Year of Birth:
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