Today we honor an Army Ranger who was presented the Medal of Honor on July 12, 2011, for unselfishly risking his life to save his fellow Rangers – despite being under enemy fire and severely injured – an act that cost him his right hand.
Staff Sgt. Leroy A. Petry was born in New Mexico in July 1979. He graduated from St. Catherine’s Indian High School. Not long after, Petry followed his childhood dream by enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1999, something he wanted to do since he was 7 years old.
After enlisting, Petry joined the 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Benning, Georgia. There, he completed the Basic Airborne Course and the Ranger Assessment and Selection Program and was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.