Please see where he is buried, and the unit he was with during WW2 you may find the General Orders of the 24th Infantry. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/200120982/luther-c-smith
Name: Luther C Smith Race: Negro (Black) Rank: Enlisted Man Admission Age: 29 Birth Date: abt 1915 Admission Date: Oct 1944 Discharge Date: Nov 1944 Military Branch: Infantry, General or Unspecified Diagnosis: FirstLocation: Hand, generally; CausativeAgent: Assualt or Fighting (unarmed) Type of Injury: Injury, non-battle Medical Treatment: Debridement with primary suture (suture, and debridement) Injured in Line of Duty: not in line of duty, other Type of Discharge: Duty Length of service: 3 Year(s), 7 Month(s) Service Number: 34028465 Name: Luther C Smith Gender: Male Race: Black Rank: Enlisted Man (includes Aviation Cadet or Student) Admission Age: 29 Birth Date: abt 1916 Admission Date: Feb 1945 Discharge Date: Sep 1945 Discharge Place: General Hospital Military Branch: Infantry, General or Unspecified Military Unit: 0 Diagnosis: Diagnosis: Cicatrix; Location: Hand, generally; Diagnosis: [withheld by NARA]; Diagnosis: Tenosynovitis, other (non-tuberculous) Type of Injury: InjuryType: Disease; InjuryType2: Not a traumatism Type of Discharge: Duty (includes AWOL) Length of service: 3-5 yr. Service Number: 34028465 Name: Luther C Smith Jr Race: Negro (Black) Marital status: Single, with dependents (Single) Rank: Private Birth Year: 1915 Citizenship: Citizen Education: Grammar school Civil Occupation: Semiskilled chauffeurs and drivers, bus, taxi, truck, and tractor Enlistment Date: 12 Mar 1941 Enlistment Place: Jacksonville Army Air Field, Florida Service Number: 34028465 Branch: Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA Component: Selectees (Enlisted Men) Source: Civil Life Height: 70 Weight: 162 Name: Luther C Smith Gender: Male Birth Date: 3 Dec 1915 Death Date: 2 May 1969 Enlistment Branch: ARMY Enlistment Date: 12 Mar 1941 Discharge Date: 19 Sep 1945
There is no citation description for a Purple Heart, the medal just recognizes those who were injured in combat, or combat areas. The information provided by Elliot shows that Luther Smith was wounded in the hand in October 1944 and that scarring from the wound and inflammation sent him back to the hospital in February 1945.
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