Paul Ray Smith was prepared to lay down his life for his country and his fellow soldiers. Only months before he was killed in Iraq, he wrote to his family, "There are two ways to come home: stepping off the plane, and being carried off the plane. It doesn't matter how I come home, because I am prepared to give all that I am, to insure that all my boys make it home." (Photo courtesy of U.S. Army)

Paul Ray Smith was prepared to lay down his life for his country and his fellow soldiers. Only months before he was killed in Iraq, he wrote to his family, “There are two ways to come home: stepping off the plane, and being carried off the plane. It doesn’t matter how I come home, because I am prepared to give all that I am, to insure that all my boys make it home.” (Photo courtesy of U.S. Army)