Army sergeant to get Medal of Honor for Afghanistan heroics
Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Arthur Petry has served six tours of duty in Afghanistan and two in Iraq.
June 1st, 2011
08:27 AM ET

Army sergeant to get Medal of Honor for Afghanistan heroics

An Army Ranger who lost his right hand while tossing an enemy grenade away from fellow soldiers in Afghanistan will be awarded the Medal of Honor, the U.S. Army announced this week.

Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Arthur Petry will be the second living recipient of the Medal of Honor from the Iraq and Afghan wars, according to the military. President Barack Obama will present the award to Petry on July 12.

"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 said, according to an Army News Service report.

Petry is being awarded the medal for actions on May 26, 2008, in Paktia, Afghanistan.

Already wounded by a bullet that went through both his legs, Petry picked up an enemy grenade that landed near him and two fellow Rangers and threw it back toward the enemy, according to the Army News Service report. The grenade detonated and amputated Petry's right hand. Petry applied a tourniquet to his wound and called for help.

"If not for Staff Sergeant Petry's actions, we would have been seriously wounded or killed," a fellow Ranger, Sgt. Daniel Higgins, wrote. Read the full Army News Service report on the battle.

Petry, now assigned to Fort Benning, Georgia, will be the ninth service member to be presented the Medal of Honor for actions in Afghanistan or Iraq. The other living recipient is Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta.

Petry, a father of four from Santa Fe, New Mexico, has served two tours of duty in Iraq and six in Afghanistan.

Post by:
Filed under: Afghanistan • Medal of Honor • Military • World
soundoff (536 Responses)
  1. The Dude

    Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Arthur Petry is a tool.

    Pvt Manning is the true patriot. Ask Ron Paul

    June 1, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mike

    A true Hero.

    June 1, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Francois


    June 1, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tomaas

      Looks like he'll... be needing a HAND!! YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHH

      June 1, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jean Pierre

      I suppose he... deserves a HAND YYYEEEAAAAHHHHHHHHH

      June 1, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brad

      Common guys, grow up, seriously...

      June 1, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. AT

    I salute your tremendous balls, sir.

    June 1, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Dave

    Its always the same crap. An idiot throws a piece of plastic and gets a medal. All of you morons can buy a medal and show it to your stupid family.

    June 1, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      please take a walk through heavy traffic and die.

      June 1, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • G

      Actually if you make one, you go to jail....learn the law and to respect.

      June 1, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • JonK

      Stay on the porch with the little girl and the puppies , Dave, there are some mighty mean dogs out there to protect you from things that go bump in the nite.

      June 1, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jeff

    Congratulations Sgt Petry! Also glad to hear you were allowed to remain on active duty. That said – "two tours of duty in Iraq and six in Afghanistan". Should we really be expecting American servicemen and women to be put through these types of rotations? Either win over there or get out. Getting out seems like the more realistic as we cannot seem to win in Afghanistan after 10 years.

    June 1, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dave

    I can't believe how stupid you all are. You believe everything they tell you. You people are always crying for things that never happened. Grow up assholls, put a medal up your ass and march to the black house.

    June 1, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dave

    I'm sick of you asses feeling sorry for the fukin veterans. I say wipe them out, they are a burden to society. They only complain and don't do sh!t, they just want people to feel compassion for them, fuk you vets. Its a shame you didn't die

    June 1, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike Sterling

      I hope to meet you one day and have you attempt to say that to my face.

      June 1, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • hingedlwnb

      Fred Phelps, is that you?

      June 1, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |

    JUST REMEMBER... Its guys like this that allow you to open your stupid mouth and spew forth such vial comments. If you dont like it, then take your butt to some other country where they cut your tongue out for comments like some of these. Some people dont know how good they have it. and some people need to be eliminated from the gene pool.

    June 1, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Dude

      Bull Sheet.

      They fight for corporate interests and for profits for the military industrial complex.

      They are brainwashed tools, nothing more.

      June 1, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  10. denim

    Thank you for your service.

    June 1, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  11. denim

    The article seems to say that the grenade amputated the hand. Maybe it wasn't in condition to save after that.

    June 1, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jim

    but he had been shot through both legs . . .

    June 1, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Rh

    It said in the article that he had been shot in both his legs, it doesn't appear running was an option.

    June 1, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  14. tony

    I'm sure you would've ran away long before the grenade was ever thrown. weee weee weee all the way home to mommy.

    June 1, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Just Me

    It said he was shot in both legs, doubt he coulda run...

    June 1, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19