To recognize Medal of Honor (MOH) day, Veterans Lending Group is honored to have special guest Leroy. A Petry. Leroy Petry was awarded the Medal of Honor in 2011 after saving the lives of two Rangers in 2008 while deployed in Afghanistan. Petry was part of the Army’s 75th Ranger Regiment 2nd Ranger Battalion located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
Scroll down to hear more about Leroy. A Petry, check out The Ron and John Show podcast where Petry featured on Episode 8 as he discusses mental, physical, and emotional wellness, his personal experiences and what he is doing to continue to help other service members.
The Medal of Honor was first authorized in 1861 for Sailors and Marines, but is now all inclusive for Soldiers, Airmen, Space Force Guardians and Coast Guardsmen. It is the nation’s highest medal that can be awarded to members of the armed forces for valor in combat and although it is presented “in the name of the United States Congress”, it is often referred to as the “Congressional Medal of Honor and awarded by the President of the United States.
“For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty: Staff Sergeant Leroy A. Petry distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty in action with an armed enemy in the vicinity of Paktya Province, Afghanistan, on May 26, 2008. As a Weapons Squad Leader with D Company, 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Staff Sergeant Petry moved to clear the courtyard of a house that potentially contained high-value combatants.
While crossing the courtyard, Staff Sergeant Petry and another Ranger were engaged and wounded by automatic weapons fire from enemy fighters. Still under enemy fire, and wounded in both legs, Staff Sergeant Petry led the other Ranger to cover. He then reported the situation and engaged the enemy with a hand grenade, providing suppression as another Ranger moved to his position. The enemy quickly responded by maneuvering closer and throwing grenades.
The first grenade explosion knocked his two fellow Rangers to the ground and wounded both with shrapnel. A second grenade then landed only a few feet away from them. Instantly realizing the danger, Staff Sergeant Petry, unhesitatingly and with complete disregard for his safety, deliberately and selflessly moved forward, picked up the grenade, and in an effort to clear the immediate threat, threw the grenade away from his fellow Rangers. As he was releasing the grenade it detonated, amputating his right hand at the wrist and further injuring him with multiple shrapnel wounds.
Although picking up and throwing the live grenade grievously wounded Staff Sergeant Petry, his gallant act undeniably saved his fellow Rangers from being severely wounded or killed. Despite the severity of his wounds, Staff Sergeant Petry continued to maintain the presence of mind to place a tourniquet on his right wrist before communicating the situation by radio in order to coordinate support for himself and his fellow wounded Rangers.
Staff Sergeant Petry’s extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service, and reflect great credit upon himself, 75th Ranger Regiment, and the United States Army.”(Source: National Medal of Honor Museum (https://mohmuseum.org/medal_of_honor/petry-leroy-a/)
If you would like to hear more about Leroy. A Petry, check out The Ron and John Show podcast where Petry featured on Episode 8 as he discusses mental, physical, and emotional wellness, his personal experiences and what he is doing to continue to help other service members.
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