Beauford Lea Smelser was born 6 March 1918, the son of Floyd Smelser and Ora Lea. He was the brother of Roger Ace Smelser.  He enlisted on January 10, 1941, in Fort Oglethorpe, GA
Killed in Action 7 August 1944
Buried at Greenwood Cemetery, Knoxville, TN

117th Infantry Regiment, 30th Division, Company B

The Knoxville Journal, 21 May 1949
Sgt Beauford Lea Smelser, 26, son of Mrs. Ora Smelser, 4819 Maple Street, Inskip, was killed in action August 7, 1944, at St. Barthelmy, France, while serving with the 117th Infantry, U.S. Army. Surviving: his mother and one brother, Roger Ace Smelser, Knoxville.

  • Rank: Sergeant
  • Date of birth:
  • 6 March 1918
  • Date of death: 7 August 1944
  • County: Knox
  • Hometown: Knoxville
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: 117th Infantry Regiment, 30th Infantry Division
  • Theater: Europe
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Awards: Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Greenwood Cemetery, Knoxville, Knox County, TN
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar VIII, Top Panel
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