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Furman L. Smith Memorial Highway

 
 
Furman L. Smith Memorial Highway Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 17, 2001
1. Furman L. Smith Memorial Highway Marker
Inscription. In memory of Furman L. Smith Veteran of World War II killed in Italy June 1, 1944 for heroic action beyond the call of duty. He was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor 1925-1944.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients marker series.
 
Location. 34° 47.85′ N, 82° 49.044′ W. Marker is in Central, South Carolina, in Pickens County. Marker is at the intersection of Furman L. Smith Memorial Highway and South Main Street (SC 133) on Furman L. Smith Memorial Highway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Central SC 29630, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Six Mile Veterans Monument (approx. 0.4 miles away); Old Pickens Presbyterian Church (approx. 3.9 miles away); Old Pickens Church (approx. 4 miles away); Andrew Pickens (approx. 4 miles away); Henry Craig (approx. 4 miles away); Central (approx. 5 miles away); Fort Prince George (approx. 5 miles away); Bertha Evans Morgan Rose Garden (approx. 5.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Central.
 
Regarding Furman L. Smith Memorial Highway. His Medal of Honor information and citation is: *SMITH, FURMAN L.
Rank and organization:
Furman L. Smith grave marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 17, 2001
2. Furman L. Smith grave marker
He is buried in Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Cemetery, Central SC. The grave GPS is 34.7639N 82.8326W.
Private, U.S. Army, 135th Infantry, 34th Infantry Division
Place and date: Near Lanuvio, Italy, 31 May 1944
Entered service at: Central, S.C.
G.O. No.: 6, 24 January 1945
Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. In its attack on a strong point, an infantry company was held up by intense enemy fire. The group to which Pvt. Smith belonged was far in the lead when attacked by a force of 80 Germans. The squad leader and 1 other man were seriously wounded and other members of the group withdrew to the company position, but Pvt. Smith refused to leave his wounded comrades. He placed them in the shelter of shell craters and then alone faced a strong enemy counterattack, temporarily checking it by his accurate rifle fire at close range, killing and wounding many of the foe. Against overwhelming odds, he stood his ground until shot down and killed, rifle in hand.
 
Categories. War, World II
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 28, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 11, 2017, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 59 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 11, 2017, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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