So to have that bullet go through both my legs and not hit any arteries or bones and just to take tissue and muscle, it was -- it was pretty amazing. It was a miracle. And then to have a grenade go off within arm's distance just about and only thing walking away was shrapnel here and there and a prosthetic hand, I was overzealous that I got two miracles in one day. And the third miracle was that the two guys next to me are alive and well.Some would grumble for losing a hand, others like Sergeant Petry understand the nature of duty and thus give thanks to the God of miracles.
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Three Miracles in One Day
The Medal of Honor tends to be a posthumous award. Army Ranger Sgt. First Class Leroy Petry, however, became the second man since Vietnam to receive the Medal of Honor alive. After being shot through both legs and losing a hand while throwing away a grenade (and thus saving two nearby soldiers), Sergeant Petry calls the events miraculous: