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U.S. Army SFC Paul R. Smith, Medal of Honor for actions in Operation Iraqi Freedom (April 4, 2003).
U.S. Army SFC Paul R. Smith, Medal of Honor for actions in Operation Iraqi Freedom (April 4, 2003).

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Sergeant First Class (SFC) Sergeant First Class insignia Sergeant First Class (SFC) is the seventh enlisted rank in the U.S. Army, just above Staff Sergeant and below Master Sergeant, and is a non-commissioned officer. ...

Organization

B Company, 11th Engineer Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division
United States Army The 3rd Infantry Division may refer to infantry divisions in a number of world armies: British 3rd Infantry Division Canadian 3rd Infantry Division German 3rd Infantry Division U.S. 3rd Infantry Division Polish 3rd Carpathian Infantry Division Italian 3rd Infantry Division Ravenna This number-oriented article is a disambiguation page... US Army Seal HHC, US Army Distinctive Unit Insignia The Army is the branch of the United States armed forces that has primary responsibility for land-based military operations. ...

Specialty

Combat engineer A US army combat engineer setting up a communications cable. ...

Date & place of birth

September 24, 1969
El Paso, Texas September 24 is the 267th day of the year (268th in leap years). ... 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday For other uses, see Number 1969. ... Downtown El Paso, Texas, looking south into Mexico from the US side. ... Official language(s) None. ...

Date & place of death

April 4, 2003 (KIA)
Baghdad, Iraq April 4 is the 94th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (95th in leap years). ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Militaries use the term killed in action (KIA) as a casualty classification. ... Location of Baghdad within Iraq Baghdad (Arabic: , Persian: بغداد (Meaning in Persian : from angels) is the capital of Iraq and of Baghdad Province. ...

Enlistment

October 1989 Look up October in Wiktionary, the free dictionary October is the tenth month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days. ... -1...

Posthumous awards

Medal of Honor, Bronze Star, and Purple Heart for actions in the Operation Iraqi Freedom. The Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration awarded by the United States. ... The Bronze Star Medal is a United States Armed Forces individual military decoration and is the fourth highest award for bravery, heroism or meritorious service. ... The Purple Heart is a U.S. military decoration awarded in the name of the President of the United States to those who have been wounded or killed while serving in, or with, the U.S. military after April 5, 1917. ... Combatants United States, United Kingdom, Australia, other nations Iraq Commanders Tommy Franks Saddam Hussein Strength 300. ...

United States Army Sergeant First Class Paul Ray Smith (September 24, 1969April 4, 2003) was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Operation Iraqi Freedom while serving with B Company, 11th Engineer Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division in Baghdad, Iraq. Smith was also the first recipient of the Medal of Honor Flag. US Army Seal HHC, US Army Distinctive Unit Insignia The Army is the branch of the United States armed forces that has primary responsibility for land-based military operations. ... Sergeant First Class insignia Sergeant First Class (SFC) is the seventh enlisted rank in the U.S. Army, just above Staff Sergeant and below Master Sergeant, and is a non-commissioned officer. ... September 24 is the 267th day of the year (268th in leap years). ... 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday For other uses, see Number 1969. ... April 4 is the 94th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (95th in leap years). ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration awarded by the United States. ... Combatants United States, United Kingdom, Australia, other nations Iraq Commanders Tommy Franks Saddam Hussein Strength 300. ... Shoulder sleeve patch of the United States Army 3d Infantry Division (Mechanized). ... Location of Baghdad within Iraq Baghdad (Arabic: , Persian: بغداد (Meaning in Persian : from angels) is the capital of Iraq and of Baghdad Province. ... This article is about the military award; for the computer game, see Medal of Honor (computer game). ...


Biography

SFC Smith was born in El Paso, Texas and raised in Tampa, Florida. He graduated in 1989 from Tampa Bay Vo Tech High School. Following graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. Smith served there for 13 years, rising to the rank of Sergeant First Class. Downtown El Paso, Texas, looking south into Mexico from the US side. ... Official language(s) None. ... Franklin Street, looking North, Tampa c. ... Official language(s) English Capital Tallahassee Largest city Jacksonville Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 22nd 170,451 km² 260 km 800 km 17. ... The Army is the branch of the United States armed forces which has primary responsibility for land-based military operations. ... Sergeant First Class insignia Sergeant First Class (SFC) is the seventh enlisted rank in the U.S. Army, just above Staff Sergeant and below Master Sergeant, and is a non-commissioned officer. ...


As part of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, he was assigned to Bravo Company, 11th Engineer Battalion of the 3rd Infantry Division. His company was supporting the 2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment as it made its way through the Karbala Gap, across the Euphrates River and to Saddam International Airport in Baghdad. Combatants United States, United Kingdom, Australia, other nations Iraq Commanders Tommy Franks Saddam Hussein Strength 300. ... The Euphrates (the traditional Greek name for the river, which is in Old Persian Ufrat, Aramaic Prâth/Frot, in Arabic الفرات, in Turkish Fırat and in ancient Assyrian language Pu-rat-tu) is the westernmost of the two great rivers that define Mesopotamia (Bethnahrin in Aramaic), the other being the... Inside Baghdad International Airport Baghdad International Airport is Iraqs largest airport, located in a suburb about 10 miles west of Baghdad. ... Location of Baghdad within Iraq Baghdad (Arabic: , Persian: بغداد (Meaning in Persian : from angels) is the capital of Iraq and of Baghdad Province. ...


On April 4, 2003, a 100-man force was assigned to block the highway between Baghdad and the airport, about one mile east of the airport. A brief battle was fought, and several Iraqi prisoners were captured. SFC Smith spotted a walled enclosure nearby with a tower overlooking it. He and his squad set about building an impromptu enemy prisoner of war (EPW) holding area for prisoners there. April 4 is the 94th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (95th in leap years). ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Geneva Convention definition A prisoner of war (POW) is a soldier, sailor, airman, or marine who is imprisoned by an enemy power during or immediately after an armed conflict. ...


Smith and 16 other men used an Armored Combat Earthmover (akin to a bulldozer) to knock a hole in the south wall of the courtyard. On the north side, there was a metal gate that Smith assigned several men to guard. These men noticed 50 to 100 Iraqi troops just past the gate who had taken positions in trenches. Smith summoned a Bradley fighting vehicle to attack their position. Three nearby M113 Armored Personnel Carriers came to support their position. An M113 was hit, possibly by a mortar, and all three crewmen were injured. The Bradley, running low on ammunition and damaged, withdrew during a lull in the battle. Smith organized the evacuation of the injured M113 crewmen. The M9 Armored Combat Earthmover (ACE) is a highly mobile armored tracked vehicle that provides combat engineer support to front-line forces. ... A bulldozer is a powerful crawler (caterpillar tracked tractor) equipped with a blade. ... General Characteristics (M2 Bradley) Length: 21 ft 2 in (6. ... The M113 is an armored personnel carrier family of vehicles in use with the US military and many other nations. ...


Meanwhile, some Iraqis had taken position in the tower overlooking the courtyard, just over the west wall. The Iraqis now had the Americans in the courtyard under an intense crossfire. Smith took command of the M113 and ordered a driver to position it so that he could attack both the tower and the trenches. He manned the M113's machine gun, going through three boxes of ammunition. A separate team, led by First Sergeant Tim Campbell attacked the tower from the rear, killing the Iraqis. As the battle ended, Smith was shot in the head and killed. A machine gun is a fully-automatic firearm that is capable of firing bullets in rapid succession. ...


For his actions during the battle SFC Smith was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. On April 5, 2005, exactly two years after he was killed, his eleven-year old son David received the Medal of Honor presented by President George W. Bush. Additionally for his actions in Iraq he received the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. April 5 is the 95th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (96th in leap years). ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is the 43rd and current President of the United States. ... The Purple Heart is a U.S. military decoration awarded in the name of the President of the United States to those who have been wounded or killed while serving in, or with, the U.S. military after April 5, 1917. ... The Bronze Star Medal is a United States Armed Forces individual military decoration and is the fourth highest award for bravery, heroism or meritorious service. ...


The U.S. Post Office in Holiday, Florida and the Army’s former Simulation & Training Technology Center in Orlando have been named in his honor. [1] A USPS Truck at Night A U.S. Post Office sign The United States Postal Service (USPS) is the United States government organization responsible for providing postal service in the United States and is generally referred to as the post office. ... Holiday is a census-designated place located in Pasco County, Florida. ... Skyline of Orlando at night, from across Lake Eola The city of Orlando is the county seat of Orange County, Florida. ...


SFC Smith is survived by his wife Birgit, son David, and daughter Jessica. Birgit is the sponsor of the first littoral combat ship, Freedom (LCS-01), and her initials are welded on the ship's keel. The LCS is the first class in the U.S. Navys plans for a transformational series of next generation surface combatants. ... USS Freedom (LCS-01), a Freedom-class littoral combat ship, was the third ship of the United States Navy to be named for the condition of being free from slavery, detention, oppression, or other restraints. ...

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Official Medal of Honor Citation

The U.S. Army Medal of Honor
The U.S. Army Medal of Honor

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Sergeant First Class Paul R. Smith distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action with an armed enemy near Baghdad International Airport, Baghdad, Iraq on 4 April 2003. On that day, Sergeant First Class Smith was engaged in the construction of a prisoner of war holding area when his Task Force was violently attacked by a company-sized enemy force. Realizing the vulnerability of over 100 fellow soldiers, Sergeant First Class Smith quickly organized a hasty defense consisting of two platoons of soldiers, one Bradley Fighting Vehicle and three armored personnel carriers. As the fight developed, Sergeant First Class Smith braved hostile enemy fire to personally engage the enemy with hand grenades and anti-tank weapons, and organized the evacuation of three wounded soldiers from an armored personnel carrier struck by a rocket propelled grenade and a 60mm mortar round. Fearing the enemy would overrun their defenses, Sergeant First Class Smith moved under withering enemy fire to man a .50 caliber machine gun mounted on a damaged armored personnel carrier. In total disregard for his own life, he maintained his exposed position in order to engage the attacking enemy force. During this action, he was mortally wounded. His courageous actions helped defeat the enemy attack, and resulted in as many as 50 enemy soldiers killed, while allowing the safe withdrawal of numerous wounded soldiers. Sergeant First Class Smith’s extraordinary heroism and uncommon valor are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the Third Infantry Division “Rock of the Marne,” and the United States Army.


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Sgt-Paul-Ray-Smith (1659 words)
Sergeant Smith, 33, was one of 38 soldiers from the Third Infantry Division killed in the war or its aftermath, along with four others from other units who fought with the division.
Smith solace seems to depend on her emotional state, which fluctuates wildly day to day, even hour to hour, from grief and pride to a gnawing emptiness then a fierce determination to keep his memory alive.
Paul and Birgit Smith's children, Jessica, 16, and David, 9, did not attend the memorial service because they've missed so much school since their father's death and needed to make up classes, their mother said.
Paul Ray Smith at AllExperts (1061 words)
Paul Ray Smith (September 24, 1969 – April 4, 2003) was a United States Army Sergeant First Class who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Operation Iraqi Freedom while serving with B Company, 11th Engineer Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division in Baghdad, Iraq.
Smith and 16 other men used an Armored Combat Earthmover (akin to a bulldozer) to knock a hole in the south wall of the courtyard.
As the fight developed, Sergeant First Class Smith braved hostile enemy fire to personally engage the enemy with hand grenades and anti-tank weapons, and organized the evacuation of three wounded soldiers from an armored personnel carrier struck by a rocket propelled grenade and a 60 mm mortar round.
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