Smith served in the U.S. House for seven terms near the turn of the century, before the state legislature appointed him to the U.S. Senate in 1907.
Senator Smith is most known for his spearheading of a congressional committee investigating the events that lead to the sinking of the Titanic.
This memorial honors Medal of Honor Recipient Sergeant First Class Shughart, United States Army, who distinguished himself by actions above and beyond the call of duty on 3 October 1993, while serving as a Sniper Team Member, United States Army Special Operations Command with Task Force Ranger in Mogadishu, Somalia. Sergeant First Class Shughart provided precision sniper fires from the lead helicopter during an assault on a building and at two helicopter crash sites, while subjected to intense auto-matic weapons and rocket propelled grenade fires. While providing critical suppressive fires at the second crash site, Sergeant First Class Shughart and his team leader learned that ground forces were not immediately available to secure the site. Sergeant First Class Shughart and his team leader unhesitatingly volunteered to be inserted to protect the four critically wounded personnel, despite being well aware of the growing number of enemy personnel closing in on the site. After their third request to be insert-ed, Sergeant First Class Shughart and his team leader received permission to perform this volunteer mission. When debris and enemy ground fires at the site caused them to abort the first attempt, Sergeant First Class Shughart and his team leader were inserted one hundred meters south of the crash site. Equipped with only his sniper rifle and a pistol, Sergeant First Class Shughart and his team leader, while under intense small arms fire from the enemy, fought their way through a dense maze of shanties and shacks to reach the critically injured crew members. Sergeant First Class Shughart pulled the pilot and the other crew members from the aircraft, establishing a perimeter which placed him and his fellow sniper in the most vulnerable position. Sergeant First Class Shughart used his long range rifle and side arm to kill an undetermined number of attackers while traveling the perimeter, protecting the downed crew. Sergeant First Class Shughart continued his protective fire until he depleted his ammunition and was fatally wounded. His actions saved the pilot's life. Sergeant First Class Shughart's ex-traordinary heroism and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest standards of military service and reflect great credit upon him, his unit and the United States Army.
This heroic sculpture depicts Thomas Jefferson in the latter part of his life as he stands upon a hilltop overlooking one of his greatest achievements, the University of Virginia. Thomas Jefferson was heroic in stature and even though he was in his seventies when he designed UVA he maintained an active lifestyle consisting of exercise, farm work, and horsemanship. Because of this I was able to give President Jefferson a youthful appearance, with an erect posture, shoulders back, and well - muscled legs. Jefferson stands there a confident proud figure.