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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1914

Vol. VI

(Born Cal.)

Roy Melvin Smyth

(Ap'd Nev.)


(Born March 21, 1890, Tuolumne, CA.)​a

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, March 1, 1910, to June 12, 1914, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

 p1678  Second Lieut., 4th Infantry.

Served: At Vera Cruz, Mexico, with company, Sept. 11 to Nov. 22, 1914; at Galveston, Texas, with company, Nov. 26, 1914, to Sept. 4, 1915; at Brownsville, Texas, with company, to

(First Lieut., 4th Infantry, July 1, 1916)

(Captain, 4th Infantry, May 15, 1917)

May 28, 1917; at Gettysburg, Pa., with company, June 1 to July 13, 1917; at Philadelphia, Pa., on mustering duty, July 14 to Aug. 22, 1917; at Gettysburg, Pa., with Supply Company, to Oct. 25, 1917; at Camp Greene, N. C., with company, Oct. 27 to Dec. 12, 1917; at Camp Stuart, Va., with company, to April 5, 1918; en route to France, April 6 to 15, 1918; in France with regiment, April 16 to

(Major of Infantry, National Army, June 17, 1918)

(Lieut.‑Colonel of Infantry, U. S. A., Aug. 20, 1918)

Oct. 15, 1918.

Killed in Action, Oct. 15, 1918, in France: Aged 28.

Awarded posthumously

Distinguished Service Cross

"For extraordinary heroism in action near les Franqueteº Farm, France, July 23, 1918. After part of his battalion had already entered an open field before les Franquete Farm, enemy machine guns suddenly opened fire from several points, and at the same time hidden mines in the field were exploded. Maj. Smyth constantly exposed himself to great personal danger while getting his men into the best available cover and reorganizing his position."

Portrait and obituary in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1919.

Buried, San Francisco National Cemetery, San Francisco, CA.

Thayer's Note:

a LTC Smyth's birthplace is from his AOG obituary.

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