Smith, Charles, BG

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Brigadier General
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1957-1958, 1542, 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment
Service Years
1939 - 1965
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Cold War Certificate

Infantry

Brigadier General



Ten Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
New Jersey
New Jersey
Year of Birth
1916
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Lambertville
Last Address
Not Specified

Date of Passing
May 23, 2004
 
Location of Interment
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 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord US Army Retired (Pre-2007)


 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Veteran




 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Commander of "Task Force Smith" in July 1950, during the first days of the Korean War.  He was the commanding officer of 1st BN, 21st Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division during the Battle of Osan. "Task Force Smith" was the first US unit to enter combat in the Korean War. This undermanned, undertrained and underequipped Task Force delayed advancing North Korean Tank units for about 8 precious hours.
We should all remember the battle cry, "No More Task Force Smiths".
He was also stationed at Pearl Harbor on 7 DEC 1941; therefore participating in the first battle of two wars.

 
   
Other Comments:
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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 
 Unit Assignments
Hawaiian DivisionCommand and General Staff College (CGSC) Resident Course1st Battalion, 21st Infantry RegimentArmy War College (Staff)
1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment
  1940-1942, Hawaiian Division
  1943-1944, 0006, Command and General Staff College (CGSC) Resident Course
  1949-1951, 1542, 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment
  1953-1954, 0006, Army War College (Staff)
  1957-1958, 1542, 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Attack on Pearl Harbor 7 December 1941
  1948-1950 US Occupation of Japan
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Defensive (1950)/Battle of Osan
 Colleges Attended 
United States Military Academy
  1935-1939, United States Military Academy
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