President Obama awarded Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Petry the Medal of Honor on Tuesday in an emotional ceremony at the White House. It’s the second time since the Vietnam War that a living service member was awarded the honor for an ongoing conflict.
July 12, 2011President Obama and Army Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Petry make their way into the East Room for a Medal of Honor presentation ceremony at the White House. Petry received the award for his action in combat in Paktia, Afghanistan, in May 2008. Petry was shot through both legs and lost his right hand after throwing aside a live grenade, saving the lives of fellow Army Rangers.Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images