Washington, UNITED STATES
US President Bush awards the Medal of Honor posthumously to Paul Ray Smith.
U.S. President George W. Bush (R) presents the nation's highest award for valor, the Medal of Honor, posthumously awarded to Army Sgt. 1st Class Paul Ray Smith in the East Room of the White House in Washington, April 4, 2005. Accepting the medal on his father's behalf is Smith's 11-year-old son, David. Smith's daughter, Jessica (L), and his wife, Birgit (2nd L), watch. Smith is credited with protecting the lives of scores of lightly armed American soldiers who were beyond his position in the battle, on April 4, 2003, near the gates of Baghdad International Airport. It is only the third Medal of Honor given for actions since the Vietnam War, and the first from the Iraq war. REUTERS/Larry Downing LSD