SFC Paul R. Smith (MOH Recipient) Physical Fitness Center

SFC Smith was a Sapper (Combat Engineer). This a great tribute to a GREAT Soldier!




Fort Benning's newest physical fitness center is a 100,000 square-foot, two story recreational facility featuring state-of-the-art equipment and amenities.


The aquatics area includes an indoor, warm water, zero-entry pool, a whirlpool spa and a separate four-lane lap pool.


The gymnasium with retractable bleachers can be configured into three practice basketball courts or two competition volleyball courts.


The center also includes 12,500 square feet of cardiovascular and weight training space on two levels, 7,500 square-feet of exercise and training rooms, a rock climbing wall and tower inside the front lobby, two racquetball courts, spacious locker rooms and administrative offices.


Entrances are located on Eckel Ave. and Dixie St.


The facility is conveniently located adjacent to the 1-mile track.







Sergeant First Class Paul R. Smith B Company, 11th Engineer Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division, United States Army


Taken from that site. Thanks for posting that here AJ. Essayons!



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 B


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 Smith’s 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.

Marion J Chard
Proud Daughter of Walter (Monday) Poniedzialek
540th Engineer Combat Regiment, 2833rd Bn, H&S Co, 4th Platoon
There's "No Bridge Too Far"

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