Monday, April 04, 2005

Medal of Honor awarded.

Army Sgt. 1st Class Paul Ray Smith has been awarded the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest honor for valor, for actions in combat on April 4, 2003, at the Baghdad International Airport.

From CNN

Smith is credited with protecting the lives of scores of lightly armed American soldiers who were beyond his position in the battle, on April 4, 2003, near the gates of Baghdad International Airport.
On Monday, exactly two years after Smith's death, President Bush awarded him the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest honor for valor.
"We are here to pay tribute to a soldier whose service illustrates the highest ideals of leadership and love of our country," Bush said in a ceremony in the East Room of the White House.

This honor has only been bestowed on two other soldeirs since Vietnam. Army Master Sgt. Gary I. Gordon and Army Sgt. 1st Class Randall D. Shughart received the award posthumously after defending the crew of a helicopter that was shot down in Mogadishu, Somalia in the now infamous battle for mogodishu that spawned the book, and the movie "Black Hawk Down"


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