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Task Force Smith

 
 
Task Force Smith Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, August 30, 2008
1. Task Force Smith Marker




Inscription. Dedicated to the memory of the 375 infantrymen from the 1st Battalion 21st Infantry, the 134 artillerymen from the 52nd Field Artillery Battalion, and the 31 medical personnel from the medical company of the 21st Infantry Regiment who comprised Task Force Smith, the first United States Army contingent to engage North Korean invasion forces in combat in the vicinity of Osan, Korea, on July 5, 1950. The efforts and selfless sacrifices of these soldiers are an example for all future generations and put meaning behind the phrase,

"Freedom is not free."
June 28, 2000.

Unit Insignia with the slogans: "Duty" and "Habile et Pret"
 
Erected 2000.
 
Location. 38° 52.511′ N, 77° 4.481′ W. Marker is in Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia, in Arlington County. Click for map. Marker is in Section 21 of the National Cemetery off Lawton Drive. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Myer VA 22211, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "The Borinqueneers" (a few steps from this marker); U.S. Fourth Infantry Division (a few steps from this marker); African American Veterans of the Korean War (a few steps from
Task Force Smith Marker Photo, Click for full size
By J. Makali Bruton, March 19, 2016
2. Task Force Smith Marker
The grave of Major General Leonard Wood and others can be seen in the background, behind the marker.
this marker); Spanish American War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Army, Navy, and Air Force Nurses (within shouting distance of this marker); Spanish-American War Nurses Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle of the Bulge Monument (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Rough Riders (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Arlington National Cemetery.
 
Also see . . .  Battle of Osan. (Submitted on October 11, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
 
Additional keywords. Charles B. Smith, Battle of Osan, Suwon, Pusan.
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesHeroesMilitaryNotable EventsWar, Korean
 
Task Force Smith Marker Photo, Click for full size
By J. Makali Bruton, March 19, 2016
3. Task Force Smith Marker
The Spanish American War Memorial can be seen to the left, looking northeast.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 950 times since then and 75 times this year. Last updated on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   2, 3. submitted on , by J. Makali Bruton of San Salvador, El Salvador. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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