Living Soldier Awarded Medal of Honor

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A living soldier was awarded the Medal of Honor Tuesday -- only the second time since the Vietnam War that such an honor has been made.

Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Petry received the medal for his bravery under enemy fire in Afghanistan.

"To be singled out is very humbling. I consider every one of our men and women in uniform serving here, abroad, to be our heroes," he said. "They sacrifice every day and deserve your continued support and recognition."

On May 26, 2008, Petry -- who was then a staff sergeant -- threw a live grenade away while under automatic weapon fire, saving the lives of two of his fellow Army Rangers. His right arm was destroyed in the blast.

President Barack Obama commended Petry for continuing, despite his life-threating injuries, to issue orders to help his unit fight and win.

"Every human impulse would tell someone to turn away.  Every soldier is trained to seek cover.  That's what Sergeant Leroy Petry could have done," Obama said at Tuesday's ceremony.

"Instead, this wounded Ranger, this 28-year-old man with his whole life ahead of him, this husband and father of four, did something extraordinary," the president said of Petry. 

Petry has served eight deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan and is still in the U.S. Army. He now assists other wounded warriors.

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