LOS ANGELES, CA - Meet our soldier of the week:
Army Sergeant First Class Leroy Petry
On May 26, 2008, during his seventh deployment, Petry found himself in the Paktia Province of Afghanistan on a mission to capture a Taliban target.
As he cleared the courtyard of a house that potentially contained high-value combatants, a Taliban fighter threw a grenade which landed a few feet away from his fellow Rangers.
28-year-old Leroy Petry lunged forward toward the grenade, picked it up, and tried to throw it away from them just as it exploded.
Following his recovery, he did not seek medical discharge from the Army. Instead, he returned to Afghanistan for an eighth deployment and became the second living U.S. service member since Vietnam to be awarded the Medal of Honor.
We thank you for your exceptional service Army Sergeant First Class Leroy Petry.