Wednesday, February 02, 2005
The Last Full Measure of Devotion
Sgt. 1st Class Paul R. Smith who died outside Baghdad defending his outnumbered soldiers from an Iraqi attack, will receive America's highest award for bravery.
President Bush will present the Medal of Honor to Smith's wife and children at a ceremony at the White House, possibly in March. The official announcement will come soon, but the Pentagon called Mrs. Smith with the news Tuesday afternoon.
Smith's story is told in great detail at this site. It is an excellent multi media compilation of Sgt. Smith's brave actions as well as comments by his family and comrades.
In an unsent letter found on his laptop following his death, Sgt. Smith comments on how old the pictures of his kids in his wallet are and how hard it is to picture his kids now that they are older. This prompted me to establish a program at our photography studio called "Operation: Memories From Home" . We offered to photograph the families of service men and women and send a copy of their family portrait to their service member to help them remember their loved ones, all at no charge. It has been a rewarding success.
The St. Petersburg Times has a story here. Hat tip to One Hand Clapping where I saw the story first.