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Lewis-McChord Ranger earns Medal of Honor

Post by Adam Ashton / The News Tribune on May 31, 2011 at 4:39 pm with 4 Comments »
May 31, 2011 4:49 pm
Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Arthur Petry is to become the second living service member to earn a Medal of Honor from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

A Joint Base Lewis-McChord Ranger is set to become the second living service member to earn a Medal of Honor for his actions in the wars of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Arthur Petry, 31, lost his right hand while throwing a live grenade away from his fellow Rangers during a daylight operation in Paktya, Afghanistan on May 26, 2008.

Petry was already wounded. His actions saved the lives of at least two other Rangers who were with him on the mission, the Army says.

At the time, he was serving with Lewis-McChord’s D Company, 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. The White House today cited Petry’s “conspicuous gallantry” in describing President Obama’s decision to award him the medal.

“It’s very humbling to know that the guys thought that much of me and my actions that day, to nominate me for that,” Petry told an Army writer on learning he had been nominated for the medal.

Petry now serves with the 75th Ranger Regiment headquarters. His position calls on him to continue working with Lewis-McChord soldiers as a liaison for the Special Operations Command Care Coalition by tracking injured Rangers returning from the battlefield to their home stations. Petry has deployed eight times in his Army career.

Petry will receive his medal from President Obama at July 12 ceremony at the White House. His wife, Ashley, and other family members are expected to join him.

Obama last year awarded a Medal of Honor to Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta, making him the first living service member to earn a Medal of Honor in the current wars.


Leave a comment Comments → 4
  1. steilacoom253 says:

    We owe you a great debt of gratitude. We thank you & your family for your service & selfless sacrifice.

  2. sunlover says:

    Thank you!!

  3. rgardner says:

    Great service. But for the TNT, the verb is “awarded,” not “earned.” You earn your salary; this is way above and beyond earning. If you look at the official US Army press release, the word “earned” is not used.

    You “earn” deployment ribbons and such. All you have to do to get them is to be there. Using earned demeans what he did.

    I know it is semantics.

  4. Mayorsteil says:

    Very impressive soldier. Family just returned from a great and well deserved vacation in California…and then received this news!! The events/his actions to be documented in the citation justifies this honor…..I am sure he will tell of many other soldiers actions just as deserving….you will be equally impressed when the story of his continued service to wounded/injured soldiers and their families is revealed. Terrific soldier….better person!!

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