First Gulf GI Nominated for Medal of Honour

GI killed in Iraq may get Medal of Honour Army officials are studying the case of a soldier killed in action in Baghdad to determine whether he should be the first GI in the Iraqi war to receive the Medal of Honour, the nation's highest military citation. An Army official said the man is Sgt. 1st Class Paul Smith, 33, of Hinesville, Ga., killed April 4 in a fire fight near Baghdad International Airport. Tesia Williams, a spokeswoman for the Army's Personnel Command, based in Alexandria, Va., said the paperwork nominating Smith for the honour began with his unit -- the 3rd Infantry Division based at Fort Stewart, Ga. -- and has begun a consideration process that could take up to two years. -- HEARST NEWSPAPERS Charlotte Observer, NC - 9 Aug 2003

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