posted on Aug, 9 2005 @ 10:43 PM
Smokey Smith now lies in state in Ottawa. RIP brave freedom fighter.
May his well earned rest be peaceful.
The medal is the highest and most prestigious award in the British Commonwealth for "gallantry in the face of the enemy."
Smith received the award for single-handedly fighting off German tanks and troops during a critical battle in Italy in October 1944.
As the right forward company consolidated its objective, the Germans counter-attacked with three Panther tanks, two self-propelled guns and about 30