Tributes

This Memorial Page Established by-SFC Rod Brewer
In Honor Of SFC Paul R. Smith

Sergeant First Class Paul Ray Smith, 33, of Tampa,
Florida. Smith was killed in action on April 4, 2003, in Iraq. Smith was
assigned to the 11th Engineer Battalion, Fort Stewart, Georgia. SFC Paul
Ray Smith was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for
his actions on the 4th of April 2003 in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Go to
www.stewart.army.mil click on the news section and his picture. There
are numerous links,cmohs, St Petersburg Times the Armys reenactment of
the battle. Paul, You Will Not Be Forgotten.... and You Will Always be
My Hero... Sappers in the wire... Christmas in Arlington... Rest easy,
sleep well my brother. Know the line has held, your job is done. Rest
easy, sleep well. Others have taken up where you have fell, the line has
held. Peace, peace, and farewell.... Rod.

Oct 24, 2009
Nestor Santiago
I served with Paul Smith in Germany with the 82nd Engineers A Co. 2nd Platoon.  Back then
we were just kids, not even 20 years of age.  I first found out that he was awarded the medal
of honor thru the history channel.  At first, I didn't know if it was the same Paul I served with
back in 1990, the pictures they were showing were of him at the age of 33.  I wish his family
the best, he was a good man back then and I'm sure he was a good man up to his death.
SFC. Paul Ray Smith
United States Army
KIA 04 April 2003, Iraq
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Sergeant First Class Paul R. Smith
United States Army
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty:

Sergeant First Class Paul R. Smith distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity above
and beyond the call of duty in action with an armed enemy near Baghdad International Airport,
Baghdad, Iraq on 4 April 2003. On that day, Sergeant First Class Smith was engaged in the
construction of a prisoner of war holding area when his Task Force was violently attacked by a
company-sized enemy force. Realizing the vulnerability of over 100 fellow soldiers, Sergeant First
Class Smith quickly organized a hasty defense consisting of two platoons of soldiers, one Bradley
Fighting Vehicle and three armored personnel carriers. As the fight developed, Sergeant First
Class Smith braved hostile enemy fire to personally engage the enemy with hand grenades and
anti-tank weapons, and organized the evacuation of three wounded soldiers from an armored
personnel carrier struck by a rocket propelled grenade and a 60mm mortar round. Fearing the
enemy would overrun their defenses, Sergeant First Class Smith moved under withering enemy
fire to man a .50 caliber machine gun mounted on a damaged armored personnel carrier. In total
disregard for his own life, he maintained his exposed position in order to engage the attacking
enemy force. During this action, he was mortally wounded. His courageous actions helped defeat
the enemy attack, and resulted in as many as 50 enemy soldiers killed, while allowing the safe
withdrawal of numerous wounded soldiers. Sergeant First Class Smith�s extraordinary heroism
and uncommon valor are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect
great credit upon himself, the Third Infantry Division Rock of the Marne, and the United States
Army.