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President awards Fort Benning soldier Medal of Honor

A Fort Benning soldier received the honor of a lifetime Tuesday. Sergeant 1st Class Leroy Arthur Petry was in Washington D.C. where President Barack Obama awarded him the Medal of Honor.

Petry, who is part of the 75th Ranger Regiment, received the honor for his brave actions during combat operations in Afghanistan.

Perry, a native of Santa Fe, NM, was shot in both legs and lost a hand while throwing an enemy grenade away from himself and two fellow Army Rangers. According to soldiers who served with him, he heroically did all this while continuing to call out orders to his unit so that they could accomplish their mission.

Sergeant Petry is only the second American serving in Afghanistan or Iraq to be awarded the Medal of Honor while still alive.

Last November, President Obama gave the nation's highest military honor to U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta. 

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