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April 01, 2005

An Army of One. Really.

*While the rest of the site today is *silly* this is not meant to be - and us having some fun should not be interpreted as disrespect to SFC Smith. Just the opposite, in fact. Through our revelry and lampooning, we believe we really are honoring SFC Smith - who, in our mind, towers above those we skewer here today. Just sayin' Besides, if you got this far down and hadn't figured it out - I figger you needed this! ed.

The Medal of Honor epitomizes the very best of what America stands for and honors the gallant individuals who have received it. These special people represent the very heart and soul of America...These gallant souls, in their heroism and their humility, epitomize the nobility of service to country and of service above self. Americans for all times will treasure the gifts that these brave warriors have given to all of us so selflessly.

President George H.W. Bush

SFC Paul Smith. An Army of One.

THE MEDAL OF HONOR

The White House announced yesterday that President Bush will present the Medal of Honor to the widow of SFC Paul R. Smith on Apr. 4, 2005.

SFC Paul Smith, a combat engineer, was killed Apr. 4, 2003 in the Battle for Baghdad Airport.

He died defending his Soldiers when his platoon was vastly outnumbered.

Rather than withdraw from his objective, he led soldiers to engage the enemy force with grenades, an antitank missile launcher, and individual weapons to take control of a .50 caliber machine gun turret.

He laid down fire to protect his company and hold his objective until he was killed.

His courageous actions stopped the threat to the Task Force's flank and allowed the safe withdrawal of wounded Soldiers.

SFC Paul Smith lived the Warrior Ethos. He was a true American hero, who, while leading and providing covering fire for his Soldiers, paid the ultimate sacrifice.

SFC Paul Smith answered a noble calling - the Call to Duty

- Because of his actions, more than 100 Soldiers live today
- We celebrate his life; we are glad there are Soldiers like Sergeant Smith; they make our nation great

Saving lives: Personal Courage is at the Core of Army Values

- SFC Smith represented all four points of the Warrior Ethos:
* He always placed the mission first.
* He never accepted defeat.
* He never quit.
* He never left a fallen comrade.
* He exemplified every one of the Army's Values

Brothers in Arms Remember.

Birgit Smith, She Who Watched and Waited.

Not all the Medals are awarded openly.

In my study of our military history, the Medal is most often awarded to warriors who are dealing with and often rectifying the mistakes of others.

If you are a leader - make sure that isn't you. If you are a staff officer - make sure it isn't your plan. If you are a Senior Leader and our Political Masters... make sure it isn't you.

I hope that absent any other recommendations working, SFC Smith is the *final* recipient of the Medal Of Honor.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I say to you, Paul R. Smith, Sergeant First Class, Husband of Birgit, Father of Jessica and David. Buddy. Leader. Warrior.

Now is the time at Castle Argghhh! when we dance. In Memoriam.

More about The Medal.