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SFC Leroy Petry, Medal of Honor

When you walk through the bunkers at Pointe du Hoc, or look down the cliffs, or notice how intact the bunkers are after thousands of bombs and 67 years, you wonder how it could ever have been taken. Colonel Rudder led 225 men of the 2nd Ranger Battalion up the cliffs and into the bunkers. Where do we find men such as these?

In Sante Fe, New Mexico, Steven Drysdale and his cousin, Leroy Petry, were inseperable. As boys do, they fought each other occasionally, but “Everybody liked Leroy. He was always smiling, laughing, bonding with people.” Petry wanted to join the Army since he was seven years old. After Steven joined the Army and became a Ranger, Leroy followed suit.

On Memorial Day, 2008, near Paktia, Afghanistan, Sergeant First Class Leroy Petry, of the 2nd Ranger Battalion, and another Ranger advanced into the courtyard of a compound in Afghanistan and came under fire. During the fight, after Petry had already been shot through both legs, a grenade was tossed near Petry and his comrades. He moved to it and picked it up to toss it away, thinking, “It was probably going to kill all three of us. I had time to visually see the hand grenade. And I figure it’s got about a four-and-half second fuse, depending on how long it has been in the elements and the weather and everything and how long the pin has been pulled. I figure if you have time to see it you have time to kick it, throw it, just get it out there.”

Petry was wrong about the time on the fuse, but right in his instincts. Unfortunately, when the grenade exploded, it amputated his right hand. He put a tourniquet on himself, reported his wound and continued to communicate until they had eliminated the opposition.

Petry has reenlisted and plans a long career in the Army, helping other servicemembers who have lostt limbs readapt to society.

I guess we find these men on playgrounds in New Mexico, in the streets of New York, the hills of Tennessee or just about anywhere you search in this great country of ours.

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Hi, My name is Miguel Estrada. I wrote these to beautifl patriotic songs to honor our brave men and women that fight for our freedom. The titles are WE ARE AMERICA and MY HERO.
I would like get it to Leroy Petry in the form of a CD before the 10th anniversary of the 9-11 attack. I’m not trying to sell him anything, but honor him with my songs. can you please help to get them to him. My email: miguel_e@hotmail.com
Phones C612 xxx xxxx H 763 xxx xxxx. here a few lines of my hero.

you’re giving your life for me.
That’s why I call you my hero.
so young and so brave and no one can be’
that’s why I call you my hero

You’re dying for me and you don’t even know me.
That’s why I call you my hero……..

You fight for me in foreing lands.
You’re willing to fall so that I can stand.

Thank you very much.
Miguel Estrada.

Comment by Miguel Estrada

Hi nicee reading your blog

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