A Purple Heart after 50 years

Prisoner of war officially recognized

Marietta Times

After more than half a century, William Dean Smith finally received a military funeral service and Purple Heart medal Friday at the New Matamoras home of his brother, Fred Smith.

Members of American Legion Post 760 in Hannibal fired their rifles over the Muskingum River in salute to the late Billy Smith, as he was known to friends and family, and presented his family with an American flag. Surrounded by loved ones and numerous awards and recognitions his late brother received in the U.S. Army, Fred Smith was given the Purple Heart his sibling earned while serving in the Korean War.

At just 18 years old, Billy Smith died from exhaustion and pneumonia in Camp Five, a prisoner of war camp in North Korea where he was held and repeatedly tortured.

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