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In every previous war, this kind of story would have been posted in every newspaper in the U.S. Why can't the major media at least give us stories about the bravery of common men doing acts of uncommon valor. Please read the whole story and shed a tear for all opf our fallen soldiers and marines.
1 posted on 03/29/2006 4:51:24 AM PST by oldtimer2
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To: oldtimer2
Why can't the major media at least give us stories about the bravery

Do we tout the bravery shown by individual jihadis? Certainly not. It is unnatural to praise enemies and MSM is true to its principles and ideals. It will not praise those it sees as mortal enemies.

2 posted on 03/29/2006 4:58:13 AM PST by arthurus (Better to fight them OVER THERE than here.)
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To: oldtimer2; Freee-dame

Take a few minutes to read this. I remember seeing Paul Smith's widow, son and daughter at the White House when President Bush presented Paul Jr with the Medal. The photos must still be around. I hope someone adds them to this thread.


3 posted on 03/29/2006 5:02:35 AM PST by maica (You are being lied to. By elements in the media determined that Iraq must fail. - Ralph Peters)
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To: Joe Brower

Joe, please ping out this story of a Florida hero. Rest in Peace, Sgt. Smith.


8 posted on 03/29/2006 7:40:39 AM PST by NonValueAdded ("If I were a Cuban, I'd certainly be on a raft," Isane Aparicio Busto)
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To: oldtimer2

REST IN PEACE
SGT. PAUL RAY SMITH
LOST IN IRAQ
MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT
POSTUMOUSLY
YOU ARE MY HERO


9 posted on 03/29/2006 7:43:35 AM PST by LUV W (A free Iraq . ... will serve as an amazing example for people who are desparate for freedom! GWB)
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To: oldtimer2

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, March 3, 1863, has awarded in the name of Congress the Medal of Honor to
Sergeant First Class Paul R. Smith
United States Army
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty:

Sergeant First Class Paul R. Smith distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action with an armed enemy near Baghdad International Airport, Baghdad, Iraq on 4 April 2003. On that day, Sergeant First Class Smith was engaged in the construction of a prisoner of war holding area when his Task Force was violently attacked by a company-sized enemy force. Realizing the vulnerability of over 100 fellow soldiers, Sergeant First Class Smith quickly organized a hasty defense consisting of two platoons of soldiers, one Bradley Fighting Vehicle and three armored personnel carriers. As the fight developed, Sergeant First Class Smith braved hostile enemy fire to personally engage the enemy with hand grenades and anti-tank weapons, and organized the evacuation of three wounded soldiers from an armored personnel carrier struck by a rocket propelled grenade and a 60mm mortar round. Fearing the enemy would overrun their defenses, Sergeant First Class Smith moved under withering enemy fire to man a .50 caliber machine gun mounted on a damaged armored personnel carrier. In total disregard for his own life, he maintained his exposed position in order to engage the attacking enemy force. During this action, he was mortally wounded. His courageous actions helped defeat the enemy attack, and resulted in as many as 50 enemy soldiers killed, while allowing the safe withdrawal of numerous wounded soldiers. Sergeant First Class Smiths extraordinary heroism and uncommon valor are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the Third Infantry Division Rock of the Marne, and the United States Army.
http://www.medalofhonor.com/PaulSmithCeremony.htm


10 posted on 03/29/2006 7:47:39 AM PST by gate2wire
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To: oldtimer2; NonValueAdded; 2LT Radix jr; 359Henrie; 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; 80 Square Miles; ...

Bump and ping


11 posted on 03/29/2006 7:48:34 AM PST by StarCMC (All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing...thank you Sarge.)
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To: JulieRNR21; kinganamort; katherineisgreat; floriduh voter; summer; Goldwater Girl; windchime; ...
Florida Freeper

I'm compiling a list of FReepers interested in Florida-related topics.
If you want to be added, please FReepMail me.


14 posted on 03/29/2006 8:00:29 AM PST by Joe Brower (The Constitution defines Conservatism. *NRA*)
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To: oldtimer2; NonValueAdded

TAPS

RIP SFC Paul Ray Smith


Amazing Grace

17 posted on 03/29/2006 8:26:26 AM PST by Kathy in Alaska (~ www.ProudPatriots.org ~ Operation Easter and Passover ~)
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To: oldtimer2

Tampa BTTT


20 posted on 03/29/2006 11:19:42 AM PST by SES1066 (Cycling to conserve, Conservative to save, Saving to Retire, will Retire to Cycle.)
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie; Taxman

RIP Sgt First Class Smith. You are an American hero.


25 posted on 03/29/2006 6:14:24 PM PST by Chieftain (Cindy Sheehan is a shameful example of an American mother duped by Kerry's LIES!)
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