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July 12, 2011

SFC Leroy Petry, The Second Surviving War On Terror Recipient, Awarded Medal Of Honor For Action In Afghanistan

Rangers lead the way.

As they moved to cross the open area before the chicken coop, an insurgent shot at them with an AK-47 assault rifle from about 10 meters away.

Petry was wounded by one round, which went through both of his legs, and Robinson was hit in his side plate by a separate round.

...

Petry, Higgins, and Robinson were still grouped together on the side of the chicken coop when another grenade landed a few feet from Higgins and Robinson.

Recognizing the threat that the enemy grenade posed to his fellow Rangers, Petry, despite his own wounds and with complete disregard for his personal safety, consciously and deliberately risked his life by picking up the live enemy grenade and trying to throw it away his fellow Rangers.

He decided to risk his life to remove the immediate threat to his fellow Rangers' lives. As Petry was throwing the grenade away from his team, which prevented serious injury or death to Higgins and Robinson, it detonated and catastrophically amputated his right hand.

Ceremony is going on right now (2:25 Est)

Follow the link above for more information on this extraordinary man and soldier.


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