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Willie Smith , Jr.


Soldier's Medal

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Awarded for actions during the Global War on Terror

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Specialist Willie Smith, Jr., United States Army, was awarded the Soldier's Medal for heroism not involving actual conflict with an enemy of the United States on 3 July 2011, in Boblingen, Germany. Walking home in the early-morning ours after attending a social event, Specialist Smith and a friend noticed a building engulfed in flames. After driecting his friend to call the German authorities, Specialist Smith ran up and down three or four stories to alert sleeping residents to the fire. By the time the fire department and Polizei arrived, most of the residents were evacuated, but the crowd mentioined there was still an elderly couple inside. Specialist Smith ran back inside the building with mtwo members of the Polizei to retrieve the couple and move them to safety.

Action Date: July 3, 2011

Service: Army

Rank: Specialist

Battalion: 1st Battalion

Regiment: 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne)