On the bleak day in 2003 when David Smith learned of his father's death, he told his mother that Sergeant First Class Paul Ray Smith must have lost his life to save other Soldiers. Months later, David was the one into whose hands President Bush placed SFC Smith's Medal of Honor. As David had surmised, the first such tribute of Operation Iraqi Freedom honored his father's extraordinary act of heroism, one that spared the lives of numerous wounded Soldiers. David continues to honor his father's memory by reaching out to console other children who have lost their parents to war. Now a member of his high school's JROTC unit, David is making plans to join the Army and echo his fathers legacy of service to others.

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