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Lieutenant Dudley, C. Smith, Jr.
McLean County, Illinois

[McLean County, Illinois, in the World War, 1917-1918; by Edward E. Pierson & Jacob Louis Hasbrouck c 1921]
(Transcribed by: Teri Moncelle Colglazier)

One of the first to enlist at the declaration of war, Dudley C. Smith, Jr., of Normal, entered the first officers training camp at Fort Sheridan May 15, 1917, and was among the first commissioned, received the rank of Second Lieutenant August 15 that year, and being assigned to duty at Camp Ouster, Michigan, and with the 160th Depot Brigade.

Meritorious service won him promotion to First Lieutenant August 24, 1918, and on September 1 of that year he was assigned to Company E of the 10th Infantry located at Camp Custer. It was the ambition of this command to be ordered overseas and participate in the great conflict, but peace came too soon to permit this, and Lieut. Smith shared with his thousands of others, this disappointment.

Lieut. Smith remained in the service and with the same command until his discharge at Camp Custer, January 29, 1919, then returning to his home in Normal.


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