The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
*SMITH, FRED E.
Rank and Organization: Lieutenant Colonel, U.S.
Army, 308th Infantry, 77th Division. Place and Date: Near Binarville, France, 29
September 1918. Entered Service At: Bartlett, N. Dak. Birth: Rockford, Ill. G.
O. NO.: 49, W.D., 1922.
When communication from the forward regimental post of command to the battalion leading
the advance had been interrupted temporarily by the infiltration of small parties of the
enemy armed with machineguns, Lt. Col. Smith personally led a party of 2 other officers
and 10 soldiers, and went forward to reestablish runner posts and carry ammunition to the
front line. The guide became confused and the party strayed to the left flank beyond the
outposts of supporting troops, suddenly coming under fire from a group of enemy
machineguns only 50 yards away. Shouting to the other members of his party to take cover
this officer, in disregard of his danger, drew his pistol and opened fire on the German
guncrew. About this time he fell, severely wounded in the side, but regaining his footing,
he continued to fire on the enemy until most of the men in his party were out of danger.
Refusing first-aid treatment he then made his way in plain view of the enemy to a
handgrenade dump and returned under continued heavy machinegun fire for the purpose of
making another attack on the enemy emplacements. As he was attempting to ascertain the
exact location of the nearest nest, he again fell, mortally wounded .