13 Jul '11, 12am

Medal of Honor awarded to US soldier who lost hand after grabbing live grenade, throwing it away to save fellow soldiers

Medal of Honor awarded to US soldier who lost hand after grabbing live grenade, throwing it away to save fellow soldiers

President Barack Obama (right) presents the Medal of Honor to Army Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Petry, who received the award for his courageous actions during operations in Paktia, Afghanistan, in May 2008, is the second living, active duty service member to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan. -- PHOTO: AFP WASHINGTON - PRESIDENT Barack Obama on Tuesday awarded the Medal of Honor to Sergeant 1st Class Leroy Petry, only the second time since Vietnam that a living person has received the nation's highest military award. Sgt Petry, 31, was awarded the medal for actions taken in May 2008 during a raid against Taleban insurgents in the Afghanistan province of Paktia. Although he had been shot through both legs, Sgt Petry managed to grab a live grenade and toss it away in time to save his fellow soldiers. The grenade exploded at the moment that he threw it...

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