Michael Lane Smith

Michael Smith lives in Seattle where he is a student at the University of Washington pursuing a degree in human rights. Michael is a military brat and served at Task & Purpose as an intern in 2015.

Recent articles from Michael Lane Smith

Chesty Puller, United States Marine officer, in November 1950, during the Korean War.
How Chesty Puller Earned His 5 Navy Crosses
Chesty Puller became the most decorated U.S. Marine by earning five Navy Crosses. Here’s how he did it.
Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno presents Sgt. Felipe Pereira with a Distinguished Service Cross on Fort Campbell, Ky., April 12, 2012.
Unsung Heroes
UNSUNG HEROES: The Soldier Who Rode A John Deere ATV Into Battle
Sgt. Felipe Pereira rode into a firefight with the Taliban on a John Deere to recover his trapped men.
Gen. Cart Ham, commander of U.S. Army Europe, awards Staff Sgt. Erich R. Phillips the Distinguished Service Cross, Sept. 15, 2008. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Aird
Unsung Heroes
UNSUNG HEROES: The Staff Sergeant Who Prevented The Taliban From Overrunning His Outpost
Staff. Sgt. Erich Phillips woke up to an assault on his outpost and by reacting quickly, repelled the insurgents.
The United States Was Called The United Colonies Until Sept. 9, 1776
Contrary to popular belief, the United States was officially named on Sept. 9, not July 4.
Master Sgt. Brendan O'Connor, 7th Special Forces Group (A) Operational Detachment Alpha, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross during a ceremony at Bank Hall, Fort Bragg, N.C., April 30 for heroic actions during Operation Enduring Freedom.
Unsung Heroes
UNSUNG HEROES: The Green Beret Who Crawled 90 Yards Under Heavy Fire To Save His Men
Sgt. 1st Class Brendan O’Connor crawled through a 14-inch ditch under heavy fire to save his injured men.
Military personnel watch as a stolen helicopter is flown from the White House grounds, Washington on Sunday, Feb. 17, 1974.
5 Times Service Members Made The News For Doing Something Hilariously Stupid
Five times a service member’s bad decision ended up as front-page news.
President George H.W. Bush inspects a TBM Avenger aircraft at the Naval Air Station Pensacola Museum in Pensacola, Fla., March 1, 1992.
72 Years Ago, Former President George H.W. Bush Almost Died In World War II
Former President George H.W. Bush escaped a terrible fate as a naval aviator in the hands of the Japanese on Chichi Jima.
French train attack
UNSUNG HEROES: The 3 Americans Who Stopped An Armed Gunman On A Train In France
Two American servicemen and their friend wrestled and incapacitated a gunman aboard a train in France.
Sgt. Leigh Ann Hester, vehicle commander, 617th Military Police Company, Richmond, Ky., stands at the position of attention before receiving the Silver Star at an awards ceremony at Camp Liberty, Iraq, June 16, 2005.
6 Women Who Fought In Direct Combat In Iraq And Afghanistan
These women served honorably and bravely in a complex war in Iraq and Afghanistan without frontlines.