PFC David M. Smith / Medal of Honor Winner
PFC David M. Smith
Homesite of this Congressional Medal of Honor winner, born in Livingston, Ky., Nov. 10, 1926. Church built here, 1974. Smith served with the U.S. Army, Co. E, 9th Inf. Regt., 2d Inf. Div., during Korean Conflict. The honor was awarded Private Smith posthumously for his gallantry and outstanding courage in saving five menís lives near Yongsan, Korea.
Medal of Honor Winner
During the Korean War, Pvt. Smith was a gunner in mortar section of Co. E and under attack in rugged mountainous terrain. Encircled by enemy, mortar section was unable to withdraw. Observing a grenade thrown near him, he threw himself on it to smother the explosion and saved the lives of five men. This display of valor cost him the supreme sacrifice, Sept. 1, 1950.
Erected 1979 by Kentucky Historical Society and Kentucky Department of Transportation. (Marker Number 1643.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Kentucky Historical Society, and the Medal of Honor Recipients marker series.
Location. 37° 18.133′ N, 84° 13.317′ W. Marker is in Livingston, Kentucky, in Rockcastle County. Marker is on South Daniel Boone Trail (Kentucky Route 25), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sambrook Hotel (approx. 0.3 miles away); Livingston Trail Head (approx. half a mile away); Congressional Medal of Honor (approx. half a mile away); Camp Wildcat (approx. 2.8 miles away); The Battle of Wildcat (approx. 2.8 miles away); Infantry Ridge (approx. 2.8 miles away); Hoosier Knob (approx. 2.9 miles away); Battle of Camp Wildcat (approx. 2.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Livingston.
Categories. • War, Korean •
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