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HEIDELBERG, Germany — V Corps officials unveiled a plaque in honor of Sgt. 1st Class Paul Smith, the first Medal of Honor recipient for Operation Iraqi Freedom, in a ceremony Wednesday in Victory Park on Campbell Barracks in Heidelberg, Germany.

The bronze tablet recounts the events of April 4, 2003, when Smith was mortally wounded while helping to stop an enemy attack and saving the lives of fellow soldiers. It was placed alongside 39 similar plaques that salute V Corps Medal of Honor recipients dating back to World War I.

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Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, V Corps Commander, right, and corps Command Sgt. Maj. Ralph Beam unveil the plaque

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The bronze tablet recounts the events of April 4, 2003, when Smith was mortally wounded while helping to stop an enemy attack and saving the lives of fellow soldiers.

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