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Medal of Honor Memorial

Sergeant First Class Paul Ray Smith

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity
at the risk of life, above and beyond the call of duty,
in action involving actual conflict with an opposing armed force


Medal of Honor

This elegant memorial is rendered to those who go Above and Beyond the call of duty. The Bethel white granite depicts famous quotes of President Harry S. Truman and Sergeant Alvin York. The black granite photo’s laser engraved panels show action and imagination.

The face side of the Medal of Honor Memorial faces east and is visible from Patriots Circle as you approach from the museum side. The visitor will see the elegant black and white granite with everything on the black panel is laser engraved. Front and back. The names of the State of Florida are engraved under their respective service, and MOH Medals. A 10”x 30” Bronze Plaque of our nations colors on bronze and in color.

The Medal of Honor is the highest decoration awarded by the U.S. government. It is bestowed by the President of the United States in the name of Congress, and is conferred only upon members of the United States Armed Forces who distinguish themselves through “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity, at the risk of his or her life, above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States.”

According to the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, 23 Medals of Honor have been accredited to Florida.

Hillsborough County was home to two Medal of Honor Recipients.
Two Podiums are set aside of the memorial topped in black granite with laser etched Portraits and Citations. The two recipients are one of Korean War Medal of Honor 1st Lieutenant Recipient Baldomero Lopez, USMC and the other is of Sergeant First Class Paul Ray Smith USA. And finally, the paver floor and walkway design is the gold star design the Medal of Honor itself. The design was originated by Dave Braun and enhanced by Bob Silmser.