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Memes, He-Man, and Bravo: VETERANS COME FIRST PAUL SMITH THE SOLDIERTHATSAVED100 MEN DURING SURPRISE BATTLE LIKE RESPECT Many U.S. service members have shown valor during the past 15 years of conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan. The first of those heroes was 34-year-old Army Sgt. 1st Class Paul R. Smith. Smith, of Tampa, Florida, joined the Army right out of high school in 1989. Over the course of his 13-year career, the combat engineer served on many fronts, including Desert Storm, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo and in Operation Iraqi Freedom. During his final deployment, Smith was stationed in Iraq as a platoon sergeant in Bravo Company, 11th Engineer Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division. On April 4, 2003, he and about 100 other soldiers were working to build a temporary jail for prisoners at a small courtyard near the Baghdad International Airport when his task force was attacked by about 100 members of Saddam Husseinโ€™s Republican Guard. Smith quickly rallied his men to create the best defense they could. The platoon was pinned down in the courtyard by enemy fire from a nearby watchtower and was in danger of being overrun. Smith fought hard, throwing hand grenades and firing anti-tank weapons to slow the enemy. He also evacuated three soldiers who had been wounded when their vehicle was hit by enemy rounds. Smith then ran to a damaged armored vehicle, where he manned a .50-caliber machine gun that was exposed to enemy fire. He fired more than 300 rounds at the enemy, killing up to 50 of them and leading to their retreat. Unfortunately, near the end of the battle, Smith was shot in the head and killed. Because of his selfless sacrifice, Smith saved the lives of about 100 U.S. soldiers that day. Five days later, Baghdad fell, and the Iraqi people were liberated. veteranscomefirst veterans_us Veterans Usveterans veteransUSA SupportVeterans Politics USA America Patriots Gratitude HonorVets thankvets supportourtroops semperfi USMC USCG USAF Navy Army military godblessourmilitary soldier holdthegovernmentaccountable RememberEveryoneDeployed Usflag StarsandStripes
Memes, He-Man, and Bravo: VETERANS
 COME FIRST
 PAUL SMITH
 THE SOLDIERTHATSAVED100 MEN
 DURING SURPRISE BATTLE
 LIKE RESPECT
Many U.S. service members have shown valor during the past 15 years of conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan. The first of those heroes was 34-year-old Army Sgt. 1st Class Paul R. Smith. Smith, of Tampa, Florida, joined the Army right out of high school in 1989. Over the course of his 13-year career, the combat engineer served on many fronts, including Desert Storm, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo and in Operation Iraqi Freedom. During his final deployment, Smith was stationed in Iraq as a platoon sergeant in Bravo Company, 11th Engineer Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division. On April 4, 2003, he and about 100 other soldiers were working to build a temporary jail for prisoners at a small courtyard near the Baghdad International Airport when his task force was attacked by about 100 members of Saddam Husseinโ€™s Republican Guard. Smith quickly rallied his men to create the best defense they could. The platoon was pinned down in the courtyard by enemy fire from a nearby watchtower and was in danger of being overrun. Smith fought hard, throwing hand grenades and firing anti-tank weapons to slow the enemy. He also evacuated three soldiers who had been wounded when their vehicle was hit by enemy rounds. Smith then ran to a damaged armored vehicle, where he manned a .50-caliber machine gun that was exposed to enemy fire. He fired more than 300 rounds at the enemy, killing up to 50 of them and leading to their retreat. Unfortunately, near the end of the battle, Smith was shot in the head and killed. Because of his selfless sacrifice, Smith saved the lives of about 100 U.S. soldiers that day. Five days later, Baghdad fell, and the Iraqi people were liberated. veteranscomefirst veterans_us Veterans Usveterans veteransUSA SupportVeterans Politics USA America Patriots Gratitude HonorVets thankvets supportourtroops semperfi USMC USCG USAF Navy Army military godblessourmilitary soldier holdthegovernmentaccountable RememberEveryoneDeployed Usflag StarsandStripes

Many U.S. service members have shown valor during the past 15 years of conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan. The first of those heroes was 34-ye...