Tuesday, April 05, 2005

It Was Our Honor...

...to have a man like Sgt. 1st Class Paul R. Smith serving in the United States Military.

President Bush presented Smith's wife and children with the Medal of Honor yesterday (source) and if you have yet to read his story, please do so. The word 'hero' is tossed around often, but Sgt. Smith truly earned this honor.

"Close to 100 heavily armed Iraqi soldiers began firing on Smith's unit, which was part of a larger U.S. task force moving toward Baghdad.

Smith quickly organized his men, and they began firing back. The Iraqis were coming at them from three sides, however. U.S. injuries mounted.

Smith scrambled aboard an armored personnel carrier, grabbed the handles of a .50- caliber machine gun and began firing.

Behind the gun, Smith could see the enemy. But with his upper body sticking out of the vehicle to handle the gun, they could see him, too.

After going through nearly 300 rounds, the gun was silent.

The Iraqis retreated, having lost as many as 50 soldiers during the firefight. Smith had been mortally wounded by enemy fire.

His quick thinking and disregard for his own safety saved the lives of at least 100 U.S. troops, the Army said. " READ THE WHOLE STORY

Redleg linked this great recreation of the timeline of events.

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