The second living recipient of the Medal of Honor from the war in Afghanistan received his medal in ceremonies at the White House yesterday, 12 July. The new recipient is Army Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Arthur Petry who was involved in combat with the Taliban.
Petry, a native of Santa Fe, New Mexico, is the ninth service member to be awarded the Medal of Honor for combat actions in Afghanistan and Iraq. The first seven recipients were awarded posthumously. Petry is the father of four who now serves with the 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Benning, Ga., as a liaison for wounded soldiers. He is described by his fellow Rangers as being responsible for saving their lives, during a May 2008 firefight in Paktia, Afghanistan. Petry was shot through both legs and lost his right hand.
Department of Defense News clip on Petry.
Read telling stories from his family in Santa Fe here…
Here his father talks about his son.
Army news account of Petry here…
Watch his interview on NBC here… Video: Petry: ‘Doing my best to represent’