Smith, James H.

As reported by the Huntsville Times on December 31, 1945: Huntsville Men Awarded Bronze Star for Bravery. Three more Huntsville soldiers recently were awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious achievement in combat, according to detailed citations released last week by the Army. Pvt James H. "Red" Smith's exploit was carried out in France, several weeks after D-day. Serving as an ammunition bearer with an infantry battalion under intense enemy fire, Pvt Smith was one of four men who volunteered to obtain badly-needed ammunition when supply vehicles could no longer reach his unit. He and his companions, the citation said, "crossed and re-crossedd a two-mile area on foot, subjected to heavy enemy small arms fire in order to bring up ammunition for the battalion ammunition dump. The devotion to duty manifested by this ammunition team materially aided the success of the battalion's operations."