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Virtus Hero - June of 2011


Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Petry

On July 12, 2011, Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Arthur Petry was awarded the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry. Petry will receive the honor for his courageous actions during combat operations against an armed enemy in Paktya, Afghanistan, on May 26, 2008.  Details of what happened that day are as follows:

"The shooting started without warning, and within seconds two U.S. Army Rangers, some of the military's most highly trained soldiers, were pinned down inside an insurgent compound in eastern Afghanistan.

Unseen militants were firing at the soldiers from a chicken coop and a wood pile. One bullet hit Leroy Petry, passing through both of his legs. Another smashed into Pfc. Lucas Robinson, wounding him on one side of his torso. A third Ranger had just made his way to Petry and Robinson to assess their wounds when a militant's grenade rolled to a stop a few feet away from their position. Petry, without hesitating, picked up the live grenade and hurled it away. The bomb detonated, blowing off Petry's right hand but saving the life of every soldier around him.

Sgt. 1st Class Petry will be only the second living recipient of the award since Vietnam; the first, Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta, was in the audience for the awards ceremony."

Virtus Apparel salutes SFC Petry for his bravery and heroism...we thank you for your service to our great nation!

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