Remembrance: Army Sergeant First Class Paul Ray Smith

SFC Paul Ray Smith was a leader in every sense of the word.  He had an incredible love for his troops and was devoted to them and their families.  One Christmas, SFC Smith learned the wife of one of the men under his command had just undergone surgery and the soldier and his wife were unable to provide Christmas for their family.  SFC Smith collected food from the company Christmas party and bought presents for the soldier’s children and took them to the soldier’s home. His devotion manifested itself on the battlefield as well, and he ultimately gave his life for his troops in Baghdad in April 2003.  During an enemy attack, he took an exposed position to engage the enemy force enabling numerous wounded soldiers to be safely withdrawn.  As a result, he was mortally wounded.  In 2005, he was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroism.  To read more about SFC Paul Ray Smith, go to:  www.army.mil/medalofhonor/smith/profile/index.html.  His Medal of Honor citation can be read at:  www.army.mil/medalofhonor/smith/citation/index.html.

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