|Master Sergeant James Smarr, 12th Medical Depot Company|
James Carlyle Smarr never had a chance to reach 100 years old today. Instead, he sacrificed his life for our freedom.
He was born on September 11, 1917 in West Virginia. His parents were also both born in West Virginia. His father worked as a farmer and later as a trucker. James had two older sisters, one younger sister, and two younger brothers, one of whom became a WW2 vet. By 1940 James had completed two years of high school. He was stilling living at home and worked as an ambulance driver.
He enlisted in the army on April 3, 1941. He became a master sergeant in the 12th Medical Depot Company, 24th General Hospital. His engagements included Naples-Foggia, Rome-Arno, Northern Apennines, and Po Valley.
He died in Florence Italy on Jan 2, 1945 of non-battle related reasons while in the line-of-duty.
His grave is at Boone Memorial Park, Madison, West Virginia.
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