Ernest “Smokey” Smith .
He had a knack for stirring up trouble, and was promoted to corporal then demoted to private a whopping 9 times. But when the going got tough, and it was time to fight, he was a legend. In October of 1944, Smith and his platoon were sent to secure an important beachhead in Northern Italy against the Germans.
After the beachhead was captured, they fell victim to heavy fire: three Panther tanks, self-propelled artillery guns, and a horde of infantry to retake control. Without hesitation, Smith whipped out his PIAT anti-tank bazooka and walked within 10 meters of the first tank and took it out with one shot. The Germans, who were in shock at the nerve of this bad ass mother f*cker, sent 10 infantrymen to take him out.
What did Smokey do? He took out his Tommy Gun and stood there spraying bullets. After taking out 4 men, the remaining 6 retreated. He continued to stand his ground while defending a wounded comrade, forcing the Germans to retreat. After carrying his friend to safety, his platoon were able to secure the beachhead.