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Furman L. Smith



Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
    Gleaming bright.
From afar drawing nigh,    
    Falls the night.

Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, From the hills,
    From the sky.
All is well, safel
y rest,
    God is nigh.

Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
    Shineth bright,
God is near, do not fear,
  Friend, good night.

Pleasant Hill Church Cemetery

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Born:  May 11, 1925 at Six Mile, SC

Entered Service in the US Army from Central, SC

Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism May 31, 1944 at Lanuvio, Italy

Died:  May 31, 1944 at the age of 19

In its attack on a strong point, an infantry company was held up by intense enemy fire. The group to which Private Smith belonged was far in the lead when attacked by a force of 80 Germans. The squad leader and one other man were seriously wounded and other members of the group withdrew to the company position, but Private Smith refused to leave his wounded comrades. He placed them in the shelter of shell craters and then alone faced a strong enemy counterattack, temporarily checking it by his accurate rifle fire at close range, killing and wounding many of the foe. Against overwhelming odds, he stood his ground until shot down and killed, rifle in hand.



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