JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (AP) — Soldiers who served with the Army sergeant set to receive the Medal of Honor next month because of his actions in Afghanistan say he’s a hero’s hero.
Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Arthur Petry lost his hand while throwing an enemy grenade away from himself and two fellow Army Rangers, after he had been shot in both legs. But as they continued to fight a small armed group, Petry kept calling out orders and helping his unit fulfill its mission and get the injured men the medical help they needed.
His fellow Rangers said Thursday that everybody would like to think they would do the same thing. But no one could possibly know what they would do unless faced with the same situation.