Medal of Honor awaits Army Ranger who lost hand saving other lives
Scripps Howard News Service
The radio message was short and devoid of details. But it was enough to let the Army Rangers from Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state know that Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Petry and others were in trouble.
"Hey," Petry said, "my hand is gone."
After being shot in both legs and losing his right hand in a display of uncommon valor in Afghanistan, Petry continued to bark orders at the fellow Rangers who responded to the scene of the attack.
"He was yelling at the medic to loosen up the tourniquet on one of his legs because that was I guess what was most painful to him," Sgt. 1st Class Jerod Staidle, Petry's platoon sergeant, recalled Thursday.
Petry's "conspicuous gallantry" will be honored July 12, when President Obama presents him with the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest award for combat valor.