Army Ranger receives Medal of Honor for Afghanistan heroics
Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Arthur Petry lost his right hand in Afghanistan tossing a grenade away from fellow soldiers.
July 12th, 2011
03:12 PM ET

Army Ranger receives 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 was awarded the Medal of Honor Tuesday.

Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Arthur Petry became the second living recipient of the Medal of Honor from the Iraq and Afghan wars, according to the U.S. military.

"Leroy Petry showed that true heroes still exist, and they're closer than you think," said President Barack Obama, who presented the award to Petry.

"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 was awarded the medal for his actions on May 26, 2008, in Paktia, Afghanistan.

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  1. salerno

    There is no theory of muslim superiority. All these craps are a fabrication of US Goebels-like propaganda.

    July 15, 2011 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
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      liar

      July 15, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Liar ? I am not liar, but you are stupid and ignorant. Superiority belongs to Allah. Muslim are those submissive to Allah following Sharya, so there is no theory of racial superiority or People choosen by God, like in the Jews tradition.

      July 15, 2011 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan from Chicago, IL

      Why then does the Koran tell their people to kill the infidel? Does this not say that they are superior than anyone else?

      July 16, 2011 at 2:33 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      At that time the pagans (Meccans) was persecuting Mohammed and his people, (and the christians as well).
      So Mohammed called for jihad, a self defence war, but he prohibited to kill the NEUTRAL non-muslim.

      July 16, 2011 at 3:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan from Chicago, IL

      AT THE TIME MUSLIMS WERE KILLING MUSLIMS!

      July 16, 2011 at 4:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan from Chicago, IL

      QUIT TRYING TO GIVE EXCUSES FOR ,A RELIGION THAT WAS MADE BY THE DEVIL!

      July 16, 2011 at 4:47 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      At the time the Quran was not yet reveiled and the fighting was among different tribes, mostly pagans.
      I simply restated truth in front of your lies.

      July 17, 2011 at 6:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Mikey

      liar twice

      July 18, 2011 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      It is history that the pagans persecuted Mohammed people before the Quran was reveiled.

      July 18, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  2. George Patton

    You right-wing ignoramuses seem to come out of the closet like a bunch of roaches after somebody turns the lights out. When are you jerks going to realize that there's absolutely no glory in this obnoxious war and never will be???

    July 14, 2011 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan from Chicago, IL

      George you are the ignorant one! This war has nothing to do with partisanship but everything to do with how one should treat another and the Taliban have no respect of others and are willing to kill, murder, torture and maim anyone who does not follow in their belief of Muslim superiority!

      July 15, 2011 at 7:30 am | Report abuse |
  3. luis aka leather neck

    IM SO THANKFUL FOR A MAN I DONT KNOW FROM A HOLE IN THE WALL BUT IF I WAS IN THE ARMY ID GIVE YOU A HUGG BUT OUT OF CURTESY AS A MARINES AND ON BEHLF OF THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS THANK YOU FOR YOU US YOUR FAMILY AND THE ARMY....DE OPRESO LIBRE..

    July 14, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan from Detroit, MI

      Another warmongering ignoramus here. With people like these, the Tea Party movement is bound to grow. When are people going to wise up?

      July 14, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  4. josh

    All the props in the world to him, but I have served with guys that have done more heroic things than that
    and have received NOTHING for it. I guess it's all about who you know...

    July 13, 2011 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. NucularInternets

    What a courageous man. And he is still serving. Just shows the dedication that these guys have for their comrades.

    July 13, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan from Detroit, MI

      More right-wing bla-bla-bla. If those idiots in Washington didn't start this useless war and send this guy over there in the first place, he'd still have both of his hands. I guess that none of you warmongers ever think of that, do you???

      July 13, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
      • NucularInternets

        This useless war, eh?

        See: September 11, 2001. And I am left-winger.

        July 13, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan from Detroit, MI

        Good posting, Dan. You hit the nail on the head!!!

        July 13, 2011 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
      • George Patton

        I totally agree, Dan. You said it all.

        July 13, 2011 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Plastic hand now ! Life in plastic is fantastic !

        July 14, 2011 at 5:46 am | Report abuse |
      • Dan from Chicago, IL

        Better than a plastic brain!

        July 14, 2011 at 6:23 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Most americans are already living with a plastic brain. It will be useless to spend money to put it inside.

        July 14, 2011 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
      • Dan from Chicago, IL

        Well hypocrite i THOUGHT you had nothing against Americans. Why don't you tell us all where you live here in America where you take advantage of our freedom and prosperity?

        July 14, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        I have nothing against americans, but just against brainwashed warmongers or evil criminals. 64% of americans are against war in Afghanistan. the other 32-34% are those living with a plastic brain.
        I like the free market system created by the USA with other European countries, but it should not be imposed with violence.
        The only interest is the free navigation in the international waters. I did not criticize Reagan when he bombed Ghaddafi as the problem was the libyc pretended to close the gulf, and attacked some western interest for retaliation.

        July 14, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan from Chicago, IL

        FOR YOUR INFORMATION THE TERRORIST DECLARED WAR ON US AND AS THE TALIBAN ALLIED ITSELF WITH THESE TERRORISTS THEY ARE AS MUCH A TARGET AS THE TERRORISTS! YOU ARE STUPID IF YOU THINK THAT THEY ARE NOT THE WARMONGERS BECAUSE THEY COULD EASILY PUT DOWN THEIR WEAPONS AND JOIN IN ON THE PEACE PROCESS BUT THEY WOULD RATHER ONCE AGAIN TAKE CONTROL OF AFGHANISTAN AND SPREAD THEIR HATRED, MURDER, TORTURE AND TERROR ON ANYONE WHO DOES NOT FOLLOW THEIR BELIEFS!

        July 15, 2011 at 7:41 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Dan – KEEP FOR YOURSELF YOUR PLASTIC TRUTH, AS FROM A PLASTIC BRAIN NOTHING ELSE CAN COME OUT.

        July 15, 2011 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
      • Dan from Chicago, IL

        ARE YOU TRYING TO TELL ME THAT THE TALIBAN ARE NOT FIGHTING THEIR OWN PEOPLE FOR POWER?

        July 16, 2011 at 4:41 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      T. fought Northern alliance.

      July 17, 2011 at 6:37 am | Report abuse |
  6. pamiri

    Good bless you Ranger for your best work, and take care when you do your job, do it honestly and we people of Afghanistan are very appreciated your services and supports ,

    best of luck for all
    from Kabul

    July 12, 2011 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • George Patton

      We're all getting a little sick and tired of your right-wing mumbo-jumbo here. It's always the same!!!

      July 13, 2011 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bud Tree Jr.

        I feel the same way. George.

        July 14, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bud Tree Jr.

        I feel the same way, George and I especially resent all those nasty pictures that for some reason the moderator of this web page allows him to post here!

        July 14, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dan from Chicago, IL

    George, would you rather evil run rampant throughout the world? Just like Hitler, if we do not take a stand against evil they would be embolden to do what they believe is what God wants for the world. AS IT IS WRITTEN THEY WILL BELIEVE THAT THEY ARE DOING GOD A FAVOR IN KILLING THOSE WHO DO NOT FOLLOW IN THEIR BELIEFS!

    July 12, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      THEY DO NOT KILL THOSE WHO DO NOT FOLLOW THEEIR BELIEFS. ASK TO EMERGENCY AND GINO STRADA WHO WORKED IN AFGHANISTAN FOR YEARS. THEY KILL THE INTRUDERS AND THEIR ALLIES.

      July 12, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan from Chicago, IL

        OH YEA, TELL ME THEN AFTER THE SOVIETS LEFT AND PRE 9/11 WHY THEN DID THEY KILL, TORTURE AND MAIM THOSE WHO DID NOT FOLLOW IN THEIR BELIEF OF WHAT GOD WANTED FOR HIS PEOPLE?

        July 12, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  8. George Patton

    Another tragedy in Afghanistan. He should never have put himself in harm's way for those idiots on Capitol Hill in the first place as we have no business fighting this useless war. But do the right-wing thugs in Washington really care? I suppose not!

    July 12, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew Lubin

      Good posting, George. Thank you.

      July 12, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike Reich

      He did not put himself in harms way for the people in Capitol Hill. He did it for the other fellow Americans fighting along side of him.

      July 18, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |