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» Medal of Honor awarded to SFC Paul R. Smith from chattr +a -V
Iraq hero joins hallowed group, from the St Petersburg Times: Sgt. 1st Class Paul R. Smith, who spent his boyhood in Tampa, became a man in the Army and died outside Baghdad defending his outnumbered soldiers from an Iraqi attack, will receive... [Read More]

» Sergeant First Class Paul R. Smith to be Awarded M from Prince Pundit
Sgt. 1st Class Paul R. Smith who died outside Baghdad defending his outnumbered soldiers from an Iraqi attack, will receive America's highest award for bravery. [Read More]

» As Blackfive Would Put It: Someone You Should Know from http://teachersramblings.blogspot.com/
The beginning of the story of Paul R. Smith: The GIs were dirty, mosquito-bitten, fatigued, homesick. They had been on the road almost constantly for two weeks. Many had not slept in days. [Read More]

» MOH Recipient from Pass The Ammo
First MOH For Operation Iraqi Freedom The Last Full Measure of Devotion Blackfive posted this, and JJ brought it to my attention. But this is a great read, with an excellent flash presentation to go with it. God bless Sgt. 1st Class Paul R. Smith... [Read More]

» Medal of Honor for Sgt Smith from Caliber50
I was hoping he'd get it. Article here (ht: Blackfive). Hopefully it won't be too long until Sgt Peralta and LCpl Dunham are likewise recognized. It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived. -... [Read More]

» How to save lives from EagleSpeak
The good sergeants have always looked for their men. SFC Smith was one of the good ones. [Read More]

» Medal of Honor - SFC Smith from Balance Sheet
Blackfive writes that the family of Sergeant First Class Paul R. Smith has been notified that the President will present the Medal of Honor to them in recogntion of SFC Smith's actions in Iraq in April of 2003. May he... [Read More]

» Medal of Honor for SFC Paul R. Smith from MY Vast Right Wing Conspiracy
Something as-of-yet shamefully underreported: Via Blackfive: The first Medal of Honor recipient since 1993 has been announced... [Read More]

» First Operation IRAQI FREEDOM Medal of Honor from CDR Salamander
Sergeant First Class Smith, Bravo Zulu and may God rest your soul. I know there are more out there that deserve this medal, and I wish we didn't have to give this posthumously. The full story here, but as a Standing Order, you must see this mu... [Read More]

» SFC Paul R. Smith from Stryker Brigade News
SFC Paul R. Smith will be the first member of the armed forces to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor from Operation Iraqi Freedom. According to the official citation, the CMOH is, "the highest award for valor in action against... [Read More]

» Medal of Honor from Long Time Gone
I wanted to help get the word out on the story of a true American hero. Sgt. 1st Class Paul R. Smith, who spent his boyhood in Tampa, became a man in the Army and died outside Baghdad defending his outnumbered soldiers from an Iraqi attack, will r... [Read More]

» Medal of Honor Sgt. Smith from kschlenker.com
Blackfive has a link to the Tampa Bay story on Sgt. Smith.  I am very happy for his family that ... [Read More]

» The last full measure from Petrified Truth
The first Medal of Honor since the infamous "Black Hawk Down" battle in Somalia will be awarded, perhaps in March, to Sgt. 1st Class Paul R. Smith. Sgt. 1st Class Paul R. Smith, who spent his boyhood in Tampa, became... [Read More]

» SFC Paul R. Smith Awarded Medal of Honor from Outside The Beltway
Iraq hero joins hallowed group (St. Petersburg Times) Sgt. 1st Class Paul R. Smith, who spent his boyhood in Tampa, became a man in the Army and died outside Baghdad defending his outnumbered soldiers from an Iraqi attack, will receive America's h... [Read More]

» Sergeant First Class Paul R. Smith Awarded Medal Of Honor from Diggers Realm
A Medal of Honor has not been issued since two Special Forces soldiers were awarded them posthumously in 1993 after their unselfish sacrifice in Somalia. Sergeant First Class Paul R. Smith joins a small group of true hero's who have... [Read More]

» Iraqi Freedom Medal of Honor from AMERICAN SOLDIER
Intro Howdy folks. AS asked me to fill in for him now and again, while he's out taking care of business. So I'll be posting under the handle of Admin, but I'll usually start each post off with an alert that it's just me. First MOH For Operat... [Read More]

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