"President Barack Obama bestowed a Medal of Honor on Tuesday afternoon to Army Ranger Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Petry, the second living soldier to win the military's highest decoration for actions in Afghanistan.
Obama noted at the ceremony's start that Petry is only the second living recipient of the medal from the Afghan and Iraq wars.Petry, originally from New Mexico, is among nine servicemen from the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts to win the award — given for "conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty."
"Leroy Petry showed that true heroes still exist and they're closer than you think," Obama said.
Petry lost his hand while throwing away an enemy grenade that endangered two fellow Rangers while he was serving in Paktya, Afghanistan, on May 26, 2008."
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"A teammate said he'd never seen someone hurt so badly," Obama said, "despite wounds he remained calm and put on his own tourniquet, and told medics how to treat him. ...
"When the fight was won, a teammate came to shake his hand. It was the first time he shook hand of true hero that ranger said."