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					 United States
Army Sergeant
  First Class
Paul Ray
 Smith
September 24, 1969 –

   April 4, 2003



                  A Tribute
               As presented by
            MSG DANNY McKINNEY
•   Who
•   When
•   Where
•   What Happened
•   MAPS
•   Soldier view
•   Medals,List of all
•   Presentation Images
                    Who
• SFC Smith was born      • As part of the 2003
  in El Paso, Texas and     invasion of Iraq, he
  raised in Tampa,          was assigned to
  Florida. He               Bravo Company, 11th
  graduated in 1989         Engineer Battalion
  from Tampa Bay Vo         of the 3rd Infantry
  Tech High School.         Division. His company
  Following                 was supporting the
  graduation, he            2nd Battalion, 7th
  enlisted in the U.S.      Infantry Regiment as
  Army. Smith served        it made its way
  there for 13 years,       through the
  rising to the rank of     Karbala Gap, across
  Sergeant First Class.     the Euphrates River
                            and to Saddam
                            International
                            Airport in Baghdad.
                   Where
Satellite photo, taken
  April 1, 2003, of area
  surrounding Saddam
  International Airport
  where the courtyard
  battle took place three
  days later.
                WHEN
• 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.
         WHAT HAPPENED
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.
       Maps of Battle Scene
• 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.
  Soldiers relate Smith’s courage
    under fire, care in garrison

“Sergeant Smith and i went out
  the front of the gate along
  with the Bradley and that’S
  when I saw the enemy. There
  were 15 or 20 of them and
  they appeared to have some
  fighting positions about 175
  meterS out,” Keller Said.
  “Sergeant Smith had a Scope
  so he could see them better
  than me and he started to
  fire.”
 Keller said Smith sent him for an AT-4 rocket
launcher, which he prepped and Smith fired at
the enemy.
“Then I got another one and he went around
in front of the wall to get some other Soldiers
with heavier guns. I got three, one with the
Squad Automatic Weapon and the other with
the 240B, and me and Sergeant Smith had a
plan to assault across the field,” Keller said.
“He sent me to get a jacket with the M-203
(40mm-grenade launcher) ammo. Sgt. (Louis)
Berwald tossed the jacket to me, and I ran
around the wall – that’s when an RPG hit the
Bradley and a mortar round hit the M-113 at
about the same time.”
I was standing shooting the 203 while he (Sgt. 1st Class
   Smith) was getting the casualties evacced. When the
   Bradley started backing up, I went back into the
   compound and that’s when I saw Sergeant Smith on
   the .50-cal on the 113. I hollered at him to come out of
   there, and he did a ‘cut’ motion across his throat with
   his hand saying he wasn’t leaving,” Keller said.
  After seeing to some of the other Soldiers, Keller
  returned to help a group of Soldiers attempt to
  remove the trailer from the M-113. “I asked where
  Sergeant Smith was, and one of the other troops said
  he was gone,” Keller said.
Three Soldiers were injured by the mortar
impact, including Berwald, and others began
to evacuate them from the site.
“That was when Sergeant Smith made a
decision with the gallantry worthy of the
Medal of Honor,” Lt. Col. Smith said. “He
got in the M-113 with Spc. Michael
Seaman, but he didn’t tell Seaman, (an
APC driver) to get them out of there, he
had him back up to just the point where
he could cover all three of the Republican
Guard targets, the tower, the wall, and
the gate. We know he went through three
boxes of ammunition.”
Keller, fighting his own fight, saw Smith in
action.
More than one million military men and
 women have served in Afghanistan or
 Iraq since 2001. But Sergeant Smith is
 the only one whose actions earned an
 award nomination that has reached this
 point after wending its way through
 more than 12 levels of military and
 presidential reviews over the last two
 years.
Sergeant Smith's commanders
submitted several eyewitness
accounts, diagrams of the battle scene
and other supporting documents to the
Army. A year ago, an Army review
board sent back the application,
requesting more detailed information
about the battle, Army officers said on
Tuesday.
 Military officials said several factors
weighed in nominating Sergeant Smith
for the medal, including the intensity
of the 90-minute firefight on that
scorching spring morning; the risk of
the enemy attack to some 100 other
American soldiers; the ultimate
defeat of the Iraqi attack; and
Sergeant Smith's death in battle.
Awarded Purple Heart
Awarded Bronze Star
•   The Medal of Honor is the
    nation’s highest medal for
    valor in combat that can be
    awarded to members of the
    armed forces. It sometimes
    is referred to as the
    “Congressional Medal of
    Honor” because the
    President awards it on
    behalf of the Congress.

•   The medal was first
    authorized in 1861 for
    Sailors and Marines, and
    the following year for
    Soldiers as well. Since
    then, more than 3,400
    Medals of Honor have been
    awarded to members of all
    DOD services and the
    Coast Guard, as well as to
    a few civilians who
    distinguished themselves
    with valor
.
Medals of Honor are awarded sparingly and are
  bestowed only to the bravest of the brave; and
  that valor must be well documented. So few
  Medals of Honor are awarded, in fact, that the
  only ones awarded after the Vietnam War were
  bestowed posthumously
to Army Master Sgt. Gary I. Gordon and Army Sgt.
  1st Class Randall D. Shughart for valor in Somalia
  in 1993, and posthumously to the most recent
  recipient, Sgt. 1st Class Paul R. Smith for valor in
  Iraq. There were no Medals of Honor awarded
  during Operation Desert Storm and operations in
  Grenada, Panama and Lebanon.
                    An Army of One
•   Awards: Medal of Honor, Bronze
    Star, Purple Heart, Army
    Commendation Medal (4OLC), Army
    Achievement Medal (5OLC), Good
    Conduct Medal (3d award), National
    Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces
    Expeditionary Medal, South West
    Asia Service Medal(3 bronze stars),
    Global War on Terrorism Service
    Medal , Global War on Terrorism
    Expeditionary Medal, Army NCO
    Professional Development Ribbon (2d
    award), Army Service Ribbon,
    Overseas Service Ribbon (3d award),
    NATO Medal (Kosovo), Kuwait
    Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia),
    Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait),
    Valorous Unit Award, Army Superior
    Unit Award, German Marksmanship
    Badge, French Armed Forces
    Commando Badge.
Thank you for your Attention.
                    Reference guide
http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Ray_
    2005/04/images/20050404-5_p44677-          Smith
    145-630v.html
http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/
    2005/04/images/20050404-5_p44676-
    305-515h.html
http://www.sptimes.com/2004/wecials
   04/medalofhonor/default.shtml

   http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/r
   eleases/2005/04/images/2005040
   4-5_p44676-311-515h.html


   http://www.army.mil/medalofhonor/profile/index.htm

				
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