William A. Smith

NAME
William Albert Smith
aka William A. Ague
NICKNAME
Bill
MCSN
266865
HOME OF RECORD
North Vernon, IN
NEXT OF KIN
Friend, Mrs. Artemecia Howard
Sister, Mrs. Christella Price
DATE OF BIRTH
May 15, 1919
ENTERED SERVICE
July 27, 1938
DATE OF LOSS
November 18, 1942
REGION
Solomons
CAMPAIGN / AREA
Guadalcanal
CASUALTY TYPE
Killed In Action
UNIT
B/1/8th Marines
DUTY
CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS
On 18 November 1942, Company B of the 8th Marines crossed over the Matanikau River to patrol ahead of and provide security for an Army unit that would later lead the resumed offensive towards Kokumbona. The Marines encountered no resistance until they reached a point just east of Point Cruz. Hidden snipers killed Sergeant William A. Smith and Corporal Doyle H. Asher in quick succession; the platoon suffered additional casualties while attempting to retrieve the bodies.Bill Smith was reportedly buried near where he fell. However, the official coordinates were entered incorrectly, making the exact site impossible to find. Subsequent fighting and base construction may have destroyed his actual grave site.
INDIVIDUAL DECORATIONS
Purple Heart
LAST KNOWN RANK
Sergeant
STATUS OF REMAINS
Buried in the field
Location reported as 71.05 – 200.9, North Coast Guadalcanal
MEMORIALS
Manila American Cemetery

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I heard a couple of shots on my right flank and [one of my squad members] came to tell me that the sergeant – who was another Sergeant Smith, we had two ofm them in my company, my brother and another one – he said Sergeant Smith was just shot by a sniper, and that was our first contact with the Japanese…. He was definitely dead because the guy from my squad had his pistol. And I said, “You couldn’t even wait for the body to get [cold]?”
– Marshall P. Smith, B/1/8th Marines, interview with Jack Sigler on 18 March 2004

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