Thursday, February 03, 2005

Last full measure

SFC Paul Smith will become the first Medal of Honor recipient since 1993, and President Bush will present the Medal to his widow.

Sgt. 1st Class Paul R. Smith and his combat engineers set about their mission that day, putting up a roadblock on the divided highway that connects the airport and Baghdad. Then, just before 10 a.m., a sentry spotted Iraqi troops nearby. Maybe 15 or 20. By the time Smith had a chance to look for himself, the number was closer to 100.

Smith could oppose them with just 16 men.

It's very humbling to realize that SFC Smith fought and died only a couple of miles from where I sit right now. I'm proud of the opportunity to serve with selfless Soldiers like him.