Birgit Smith, widow of Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. 1st Class Paul R. Smith, and her son David pose just moments after the 377-foot, 40-knot, Navy ship “Freedom” was launched Sept. 24. Smith is the sponsor of the littoral combat ship. Photo by Lt. Col. Leela Dawson Army News Service The Navy christened and launched […]
Category: Paul Smith
I’ve done some rearranging of categories to put all the posts directly related to the three Medal of Honor winners in the War on Terror into one category. WOT-Medal of Honor Citations: *DUNHAM, JASON L. Rank and Organization: Corporal, United States Marine Corps For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above […]
Sgt. 1st Class Craig Zentkovich, Multi-National Division – Center Everybody has one. It may be a family member, a teacher, or a coach â€“ an extraordinary person who makes such an impact that oneâ€™s life is forever changed. For Staff Sgt. Steven A. Holloway that one person was a friend, mentor and leader. The story […]
Why isn’t Sgt. Paul Smith a household name? Mark at Liberty Just in Case asks that very same question.
The story of Paul Smith should send chills down your spine. In the face of overwhelming odds, at the cost of his own life, he made a stand that saved his outgunned and outnumbered unit from certain annihilation. In a battle that should be recounted in every Basic Training class from now until the sun dies of old age, Sgt. Smith fought the enemy, exposed to their fire, and killed dozens. Surprised by an attack in an area thought to be clear, he took charge, reacted, and held the line. His stand was effective. The remaining enemy, their numbers cut nearly in half, fled the battle. Sgt. Smith was found, mortally wounded, with the enemy dead piled in front of him.