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Medal of Honor recipient visits Fort Benning

FORT BENNING, GA (WXTX) - The second living recipient of the Medal of Honor, since the Vietnam War, was at Fort Benning, telling his story of bravery.

President Obama gave the honor to Sergeant First Class Leroy Petry about two weeks ago.

Monday, he toured the National Infantry Museum. Sergeant Petry lost his right hand while throwing a live grenade away from fellow soldiers in Afghanistan in May of 2008.

On that same mission, Petry was shot in both his thighs – yet, he kept going.  The sergeant now wears a high-tech robotic artificial hand.

Sgt. 1st Class Petry is currently assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Benning.

He serves as a liaison officer for the United States Special Operations Command Care Coalition—Northwest Region, aiding wounded warriors and injured service members.

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