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Menard in Menard County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Oliver Prince Smith

1893 - 1977

 

—Born in Menard, Texas —

 
Oliver Prince Smith Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, March 23, 2018
1. Oliver Prince Smith Marker
Inscription. Was a General in the United States Marine Corps and a highly decorated combat veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He is most noted for commanding the 1st Marine Division in Korea during the Inchon invasion and the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir where his Division was completely surrounded by 8 to 10 Chinese divisions, outnumbering the Marines 10 to 1. He led the “Breakout” which saved the Division, an epic battle famous in Marine Corps history. He retired at the rank of four-star General, being advanced in rank for having been specially commended for heroism in combat.
 
Location. 30° 55′ N, 99° 47.01′ W. Marker is in Menard, Texas, in Menard County. Marker is on E. San Saba Street (Farm to Market Road 2092) east of Gay Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is located at the north side of American Legion Park. Marker is in this post office area: Menard TX 76859, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Great Western Trail (a few steps from this marker); Menard County Courthouse (a few steps from this marker); Menard County Memorial of Those Who Died (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort McKavett C.S.A. / Texas Civil War Frontier Defense
Oliver Prince Smith Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, March 23, 2018
2. Oliver Prince Smith Marker
(about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Founding of the Santa Cruz de San Saba Mission (about 700 feet away); Sacred Heart Catholic Church (about 700 feet away); Welcome to Menard, Texas / The Old Sacred Heart Catholic Church (about 700 feet away); The Lafora Map / An Apache Encampment (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Menard.
 
Also see . . .  Oliver P. Smith - Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on April 2, 2018.)
 
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American Legion Park Markers image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, March 23, 2018
3. American Legion Park Markers
View to south across E. San Saba Ave (FM 2092)
Oliver Prince Smith marker is located to the right of the entrance archway
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 2, 2018. This page originally submitted on April 2, 2018, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 51 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 2, 2018, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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