Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Arthur Petry will be the second living, active-duty
service member to receive the nation's highest military decoration for
actions in the Iraq or Afghanistan wars. Last year, Obama awarded a Medal of
Honor to Staff Sgt. Sal Giunta, also for actions in Afghanistan.
Members of B. Co. were ambushed by a large enemy force. While conducting a
reconnaissance patrol, 22-year-old Sabo, charged an enemy position, killing
several enemy soldiers. Immediately thereafter, he assaulted an enemy
flanking force, successfully drawing their fire away from friendly soldiers
and ultimately forcing the enemy to retreat.
When a grenade landed nearby a wounded comrade, Sabo picked up the grenade
threw it away while shielding his buddy with his own body, thus absorbing
the brunt of the blast and saving the man's life.
Seriously wounded by the blast, Sabo, nonetheless, retained the initiative
and single- handedly charged an enemy bunker that had inflicted severe
damage on the platoon. He received several serious wounds from withering
automatic weapons fire in the process. Despite being mortally injured, he
crawled towards the enemy emplacement and, when in position, threw a grenade
into the bunker. The resulting explosion silenced the enemy fire, but also
ended Spc. 4 Sabo's life.
Zimmerman or Joe the Plumber or Snowden the traitor aren't fit to breath the
same air as these men.
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