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Medal of Honor recipient enshrined at Pentagon

by Mark5019 / April 5, 2005 6:54 AM PDT

A day after being honored at the White House, Army Sgt. 1st Class Paul Smith posthumously took his place in the Pentagon?s Hall of Heroes, where his German-born wife said his actions have inspired her to seek American citizenship.
Smith received the Medal of Honor, the nation?s highest military award, for combat actions near Baghdad airport on April 4, 2003. A combat engineer, he was mortally wounded while manning a .50-caliber machine gun on a disabled vehicle, killing an estimated 20 to 50 enemy fighters and allowing the evacuation of numerous wounded Americans.

During a ceremony April 4, President Bush presented his Medal of Honor to Smith?s wife, Birgit, and two children, Jessica, 18, and David, 11.

?My family and I continue to be overwhelmed by the American people?s appreciation of his service,? said Birgit Smith, who met her husband while he was stationed in Bamberg, Germany, in the early 1990s. They married when he returned to Germany from the 1991 Gulf War


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