The President of the United States in the name of The Congress takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to:

David Lafayette Smith
Buried: Olean, NY

Rank: Sergeant
Organization: Battery E, 1st New York Light Artillery
Place: At Warwick Courthouse, Virginia
Date: 6 April 1862
Entered service at: Bath, NY
Born: 1 May 1835 at Cameron, NY
Died: 8 June 1916

Citation: This soldier, when a shell struck an ammunition chest exploding a number of cartridges and setting fire to the packing tow, procured water and extinguished the fire, thus preventing the explosion of the remaining ammunition.