Silver Star : The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 8, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Sergeant Robert T. Smith (ASN: NG-23045684), United States Army, for gallantry in action while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force, on 12 April 1969, while serving as a Patrol Leader with Company D (Ranger, 151st Infantry Regiment, in the Republic of Vietnam. On this date while set up in an ambush position, his patrol spotted and engaged a small enemy force. With assistance from helicopter gunships, the patrol quickly suppressed the hostile element. Sergeant Smith then decided to walk as point man on a sweep of the area as his patrol returned to the landing zone. Just before the friendly force reached its destination, an enemy soldier jumped up from a bomb crater and began firing at Sergeant Smith. Though mortally wounded, he managed to alert his men and to place a burst of suppressive fire upon the hostile soldier, thus giving the other members of the patrol time to reach cover. Sergeant Smith's outstanding courage and unwavering devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.