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Memorial Day (Decoration Day) 2011
« on: May 29, 2011, 11:27:50 PM »
Memorial Day (originally called Decoration Day) is a day of remembrance for those who have died in the service of the United States.  Freedom is not free.  All gave some, some gave all.  Honor and remember those who paid the ultimate price, and be grateful for their sacrifice.

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"If you are able, save for them a place inside of you and save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go. Be not ashamed to say you loved them, though you may or may not have always. Take what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with your own. And in that time when men decide and feel safe to call the war insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle heroes you left behind."

Major Michael Davis O'Donnell
1 January 1970
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Sgt. 1st Class Paul Ray Smith
Bravo Company, 11th Engineer Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, United States Army
Awarded the first Medal of Honor for service in Iraq, posthumously (April 4, 2005)

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On April 4, 2003, the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, attacked to seize Objective Lions, the Baghdad International Airport. Sgt. 1st Class Smith, call sign 'Sapper 7', was in charge of 2nd Platoon. In an effort somewhat akin to Audie Murphy's legendary World War II heroism, he thwarted the advance of well-trained, well-equipped soldiers from the Special Republican Guard, who were headed straight for the 2-7 Task Force's headquarters . Knowing the APC ’s .50-Cal machine gun was the largest weapon between the enemy and the friendly position, Sgt. 1st Class Smith assumed the track commander’s position behind the weapon, and told a soldier who accompanied him to “feed me ammunition whenever you hear the gun get quiet.” He fired on the advancing enemy from the unprotected position atop the APC, and yelled for more ammunition three times during the fight, going through 400 rounds before he was hit in the head. His actions saved the lives of at least 100 soldiers, caused the failure of a deliberate enemy attack hours after 1st Brigade seized the Baghdad Airport, and resulted in an estimated 20-50 enemy soldiers killed.

Smith, 33, a veteran of the 1991 Persian Gulf War, was from Tampa, Florida, and he left behind a wife, a son and a daughter.  His 11-year-old son David accepted the Medal of Honor from President Bush for his father’s heroism in Iraq.
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Re: Memorial Day (Decoration Day) 2011
« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2011, 10:31:27 AM »


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