Remembering a vetCharles Smith, one of the first American soldiers sent to fight in the 1950-53 Korean War, passed away at the age of 88 at his Arizona residence on May 23, the United Nations Korean War Allies Association recently confirmed.
The 540 soldiers of the 24th division led by Mr. Smith, at the time a lieutenant colonel, were sent to Osan, Gyeonggi province on May 5, 1950. The troops battled with the main forces of the North Korean Army’s fourth division, who were armed with Soviet-made tanks.
The Americans lost 150 troops and reported 31 missing, but were able to delay the fall of Daejeon by five days.
Mr. Smith, who graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, was promoted to brigadier general after the war.