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Archive for July, 2011

WRITER’S PROMPT: Courageous People

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

President Obama this week (July 12, 2011) presented the Medal of Honor to Sgt. First Class Leroy Petry.  It is the nation’s highest military award presented for acts of gallantry beyond what duty demands.  On May 26, 2008, then-Staff Sgt. Petry was part of a Ranger unit assaulting a Taliban compound in a province along the Pakistani border.  Wounded and under fire, he grabbed a Taliban granade that had landed just inches from two other other fellow soldiers, only to have it explode as he tried to throw it away.  The explosion severed his hand.  One of the two soldiers wrote afterwards, “If not for Staff Sgt. Petry’s actions, we would have been seriously wounded or killed.”   The photos in the newspapers show the President pinning the medal around Sgt. Petry’s neck and then shaking hands with him — the officer wears a prosthetic hand.

Only 31 years old, the married soldier is the father of four children.

To read about him brings tears to one’s eyes, and admiration in one’s heart.  How could so young a person be so brave?    How fortunate this nation is to have soldiers like Sgt. Petry defending it.

What brave people do you know?  Please share with us.