Army Ranger SFC Petry to be awarded Medal of Honor

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  1. jake s

    jake s USMA Cadet 5-Year Member

    Sep 7, 2009
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    Army Ranger to be awarded Medal of Honor
    Stars and Stripes
    Published: May 31, 2011

    On July 12th, President Barack Obama will award Sergeant First Class Leroy Arthur Petry, U.S. Army, the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry.

    Sergeant First Class Petry will receive the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions during combat operations against an armed enemy in Paktya, Afghanistan in May, 2008. He will be the second living, active duty service member to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan.

    Sergeant First Class Petry’s wife, Ashley, and other family members will join the President at the White House to commemorate his example of selfless service.

    Leroy Arthur Petry was born on July 29, 1979. He is a native of Santé Fe, New Mexico and enlisted in the United States Army in September 1999. He attended Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Benning, Georgia. Sergeant First Class Petry is currently assigned to the 75th Ranger Regiment and attached to Special Operations Command (SOCOM) with duty at Joint Base Lewis McChord as a liaison for the SOCOM Care Coalition where he tracks and monitors injured Rangers returning from the Theater of Operations to the initial place of care to home station care.

    Petry has completed multiple combat tours to Afghanistan and Iraq totaling 28 months of deployment.

    His military decorations include: two Bronze Stars, a Purple Heart, three Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, National Defense Service Medal, three Army Good Conduct Medals, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Combat Star, Iraq Campaign Medal with Combat Star, and the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal.

    From a White House news release
  2. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006 5-Year Member

    Nov 25, 2007
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    Great news! Just saw the tweet.
  3. scoutpilot

    scoutpilot 5-Year Member

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    My grandfather, a proud member of the Ranger Hall of Fame, would no doubt grumble about this award. In his day (Korea) and prior, no Ranger was awarded the MOH, as it was the belief among Rangers that no gallantry or intrepidity was beyond the call of duty for a Ranger.

    I'm glad to see this fine American will be recognized. One can only wonder how many amazing exploits went unreported by Rangers past.

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