Ranger to be awarded the Medal of Honor

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
May 31, 2011

ADVISORY: President Obama to Award Medal of Honor

On July 12th, President Barack Obama will award Sergeant First Class Leroy Arthur Petry, U.S. Army, the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry.  Sergeant First Class Petry will receive the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions during combat operations against an armed enemy in Paktya, Afghanistan in May, 2008.  He will be the second living, active duty service member to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan.  Sergeant First Class Petry’s wife, Ashley, and other family members will join the President at the White House to commemorate his example of selfless service.


Leroy Arthur Petry was born on July 29, 1979.  He is a native of Santé Fe, New Mexico and enlisted in the United States Army in September 1999.  He attended Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Benning, Georgia.  Sergeant First Class Petry is currently assigned to the 75th Ranger Regiment and attached to Special Operations Command (SOCOM) with duty at Joint Base Lewis McChord as a liaison for the SOCOM Care Coalition where he tracks and monitors injured Rangers returning from the Theater of Operations to the initial place of care to home station care.

Sergeant First Class Petry has completed multiple combat tours to Afghanistan and Iraq totaling 28 months of deployment.

His military decorations include: two Bronze Stars, a Purple Heart, three Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, National Defense Service Medal, three Army Good Conduct Medals,  Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Combat Star, Iraq Campaign Medal with Combat Star, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, to name a few.



The Medal of Honor is awarded to members of the Armed Forces who distinguish themselves conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty while:

  • engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States;
  • engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force; or
  • serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party.

The meritorious conduct must involve great personal bravery or self-sacrifice so conspicuous as to clearly distinguish the individual above his or her comrades and must have involved risk of life. There must be incontestable proof of the performance of the meritorious conduct, and each recommendation for the award must be considered on the standard of extraordinary merit.

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# Chuck Bennett 2011-06-01 17:47
Men like SFC Petry are the best of us. Every American should take a moment and be grateful that such brave men are at the pointy end of the stick.

To SFC Petry. Your money will never be any good in my VFW hall. Rangers Lead The Way!
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# Leyla Najma 2011-06-01 17:48
Since I am from NM it's great to see that one of our own is being awarded the Medal of Honor!
Congratulations Leroy Arthur Petry and thank you Michael for posting this!!


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# Sandra 2011-06-01 17:48
Be safe in Afghanistan. Keep up the good work with your photo-journals. Good to see what is happening from someone who knows the ropes.
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# Paula Alvelo 2011-06-01 17:50
Excellent news. Looking forward to reading more details about Sergeant First Class Petry, his wife and family.

Thank you for posting.
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# JOHN HUCKLE 2011-06-01 18:50
Hi all
Good to hear that such bravery is noticed and awarded. As today medals have been awarded at Buckingham Palace for bravery it's well noted bravery of this excellence in the combined fight against terror.
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# Kevin Tugman 2011-06-01 21:52
We should all appreciate the personal sacrifice and gallant actions of our troops. And to SFC Petry, thank you for being an example for those you serve with, to the next generation, and to the nation. Well deserved.
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# Jeff Stanley 2011-06-01 23:35
Reported by the Army News Service: http://www.army.mil/article/58595/Wounded_Soldier_to_receive_Medal_of_Honor_for_action_in_Afghanistan/
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# TerriLPN 2011-06-08 18:59
How Wonderful for SFC Petry And His Family. You Are Appreciated and Very Honored
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# Roger Strohmeyer 2011-06-12 17:36
What a truly fine American and a very heroic act. This man sets an example for all of us...

Michael, you might also be interested in this recent story about the Pedro's in the Air Force Times since you covered them in the past: http://www.airforcetimes.com/news/2010/07/airforce_pave_hawk_071110w/

More hero's that deserve the Medal of Honor IMHO. ;-)

Be safe, Michael!
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# Roger Strohmeyer 2011-06-12 17:42
My apologies but the story about the Pedro's is not as recent as the person who sent it to me suggested it was but none the less it's a good story where the Pedro's get much deserved recognition.
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