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Carlton K. Smith papers

 Collection — Box: 99.0556 - Box 1
Identifier: 02.99.0556

Scope and Contents

The collection of Carlton K. Smith, who served with the 185th Field Artillery during World War II, contains an oral history transcript of an interview provided by the Reichelt Program for Oral History.  This collection also contains a World War II history magazine, correspondence with French General Pierre Denis, summaries of unit actions, personal letters to family, newspaper clippings, unit newsletters, a binder with photocopies of newspaper articles, and one copy of Liberty's Victorious Conflict: A Photographic History of the World War I.

In the oral history interview, Smith discusses the combat situations in which he was involved including the crossing of the Rhine River.


  • 1919-1945
  • Date acquired: 11/12/1999


Language of Materials

English .

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to all researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical or Historical Information

Carlton K. Smith enlisted in the Iowa National Guard in 1919. In 1940, he was promoted to captain and ordered to organize the Anti-Tank Battery G, 185th Field Artillery. He and this unit were sent on the Louisiana maneuvers at Camp Claiborne for about a year. Smith then attended the Command and General Staff School at Ft. Benning and the Field Fortifications School at Ft. Belvoir. Smith had a number of assignments related to training before he was sent to Europe via Utah Beach, Normandy, France. He and his unit were in Innsbruck, Austria when the war ended.


1 boxes

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Source of Acquisition

Carlton K. Smith

Method of Acquisition


Carlton K. Smith papers 02.99.0556
Craig Whittington
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Repository Details

Part of the Institute on WWII and the Human Experience Repository

Tallahassee FL 32306 US