04 April 2005


Sergeant First Class Paul R. Smith, Hero Recipient of the Medal of Honor
Since September 11, 2001, America has had an awakening to what it means to be a hero. Today, we honored such a man. In a White House ceremony, SFC Paul R. Smith was awarded (posthumously) the Medal of Honor. The citation reads, "Sgt. 1st Class Smith’s actions to lead Soldiers in direct contact with a numerically superior enemy--to personally engage the enemy with a fragmentation grenade, AT-4, and individual weapon, to ultimately assume the track commander’s position to fire the .50-Cal. machinegun through at least three boxes of ammunition before being mortally wounded--demonstrates conspicuous gallantry above and beyond the call of duty. His actions prevented a penetration in the Task Force 2-7 sector, defended the aid station, mortars, and scouts, and allowed the evacuation of Soldiers wounded by indirect enemy fire." So when you look for someone in this world to look up to, take care in whom you place that honor. On September 11th, those whose jobs we take for granted stepped up to the plate to become national heroes. And thus renewed our collective admiration for the sacrifices they make for us on a daily basis. Then along comes an extraordinary individual like SFC Paul R. Smith. Who takes the meaning of hero to an all new level. So forget sports figures as heroic icons. It's people like SFC Smith and the everyday heroes that are important in this world. Rest in peace SFC Smith. And thank you for your contribution to our great country. We honor you today as a true American Hero.
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Blogger John said...

Here is my humble salute to this brave man!

4/05/2005 01:09:00 PM  

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