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04/05/05

Third ID Soldier Awarded Medal of Honor Posthumously

Some top honors to a Third Infantry Division soldier killed in Iraq. Sgt. 1st Class Paul Smith fought his way to Baghdad with Third ID. Two years ago yesterday, he and his troops held a position near the Baghdad airport. Iraqi troops counter attacked.

Outnumbered and outgunned, Smith fought back, covering his soldiers and killing dozens of Iraqi troops until he was mortally wounded.

Yesterday, President George Bush posthumously presented Smith's Congressional Medal of Honor to his 11-year-old son, David, and honored his efforts.

"In a letter he wrote to his parents but never mailed, he said that he was 'prepared to give all that I am to ensure that all my boys make it home,'" the president said. "On this day two years ago, Sgt. Smith gave his all for his men. Five days later Baghdad fell, and the Iraqi people were liberated. And today we bestow upon Sgt. Smith the first Medal of Honor in the war on terror."

Sgt. Smith also served in Kosovo and Iraq with Bravo Company, Eleventh Engineer Battalion.

Smith's is the first Medal of Honor awarded since the fighting in Somalia a dozen years ago.

Reported by: WTOC staff

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