United States Army

World War I

Wounded in Action:  November 10, 1918

Private First Class Frank Smith (April 8, 1896 – March 13, 1981) was a native of Frisco Texas and served in the United State Army during World War I from September 19, 1917 to July 19, 1919. He was assigned to Company E, 128th Infantry Regiment, American Expeditionary Forces and participated in six different campaigns during the war.

On November 10, 1918, one day before the end of the war, Frank was wounded in combat during the Meuse-Argonne offensive in France. After being evacuated to the military hospital in Nantes France, a severe wound infection resulted in an amputation of his right leg above the knee. Frank was subsequently rehabilitated at three different military hospitals in the United States before being discharged in July 1919. He was awarded the Victory Medal with six campaign clasps and the Presidential recognition for being wounded. In 2012, the United States Army posthumously presented him the Purple Heart.

After being discharged from the Army, Frank came home to Frisco and worked and lived on the family farm in what is now Frisco Lakes Village in western Frisco. In 1962, he retired from farming and moved to a new home on Main Street near downtown Frisco, where he lived the rest of his life until he passed in 1981 at the age of 84.