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Leroy Petry Awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor

(EDITORIAL NOTE) Sgt. First Class Leroy Petry talks about getting his hand blown off by a grenade in Afghanistan and then returning to serve a sixth tour of duty. Leroy Petry demonstrates his robotic hand and describes how rewarding it is when ordinary Americans thank him for his military service in this unedited, extended interview.

Editors Note: Sgt. Leroy Petry, after being shot in both legs, continued performing his duty and relaying commands with leadership. Then a grenade landed next to him and his troops. He grabbed the grenade and threw it. A split second after release the grenade exploded. His hand disappeared. When he realized what had happened he sat up and applied a tourniquet to his arm; and once tied off, he got on the radio and continued to inform his leadership what was going on at his location.

Sargent First Class Leroy Petry "There was a split second, I turned over, looked, I saw it and I knew it wasn't one of ours, because it was one of the old pineapple grenades,  so first thing that went through my mind was get it out of here, get it away from my guys and me, and that's what I did. I reached for it and started to throw it; and as soon as I opened the hand, that was the last thing that happened before my hand disappeared."

Let us never forget the price our service men and women pay to protect our freedom, and the professionalism with which they perform their duties.

To all our gallant men and women in uniform we give a heart felt salute and sincere thanks. You have our support and gratitude for your dedication to each other in battle, and your performance and dedication to duty at all times.

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