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Herbert Reeves Smith

Place of Birth: Illinois, Tampico
Home of record: Tampico Illinois


Distinguished Service Cross

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Awarded for actions during the Mexican Border Wars

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Sergeant First Class Herbert Reeves Smith, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the Signal Corps, in action at Ojo de Agua, Texas, 21 October 1915. When the detachment of which he was a member was treacherously attacked at night by a hostile Mexican force of approximately five times its strength and the senior line noncommissioned officer of the detachment and two other men killed, Sergeant Smith, although suffering from three wounds, took command, and by his coolness, personal bravery, and qualities of leadership encouraged the detachment and organized its defense that the greatly superior force of Mexicans was driven off and the detachment saved from probable annihilation.

General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 10 (1924)

Action Date: 21-Oct-15

Service: Army

Rank: Sergeant First Class

Division: Signal Corps