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Press Release | Oct. 4, 2022

Soldier Accounted For From World War II (Smith, C.)

WASHINGTON   –   The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that U.S. Army Pfc. Clinton E. Smith, Jr., 19, killed during World War II, was accounted for Sept. 28, 2022.

In January 1945, Smith was assigned to Company D, 1st Battalion, 157th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division. The unit was engaged with German forces during the Battle of Reipertswiller in France and was surrounded, along with four other companies. Smith was killed in an artillery strike on Jan. 14, but his body could not be recovered because of the fighting.

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