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Staff Sgt. Maynard H. Smith

SSgt. Maynard H. Smith receives the Medal of Honor. (U.S. Air Force photo)

SSgt. Maynard H. Smith receives the Medal of Honor. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Medal of Honor, 1943

On his first combat flight over Europe, Staff Sgt. Smith's bomber took heavy damage. Acting quickly, he not only fought off enemy fighters and tended to the wounded, but also put out a serious fire. He was the first enlisted airman to be awarded the Medal of Honor.

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