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Staff Sergeant Leroy A. Petry

 
 
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By J. Makali Bruton, August 24, 2021
1. Staff Sergeant Leroy A. Petry Marker
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The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, March 3, 1863, has awarded in the name of Congress the Medal of Honor to
Staff Sergeant Leroy A. Petry
United States Army

Staff Sergeant Leroy A. Petry distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty in action with an armed enemy in the vicinity of Paktya Province, Afghanistan, on May 26, 2008. As a Weapons Squad Leader with D Company, 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Staff Sergeant Petry moved to clear the courtyard of a house that potentially contained high-value combatants. While crossing the courtyard, Staff Sergeant Petry and another Ranger were engaged and wounded by automatic weapons fire from enemy fighters. Still under enemy fire, and wounded in both legs, Staff Sergeant Petry led the other Ranger to cover. He then reported the situation and engaged the enemy with a hand grenade, providing suppression as another Ranger moved to his position. The enemy quickly responded by maneuvering closer and throwing grenades. The first grenade explosion knocked
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By J. Makali Bruton, August 24, 2021
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his two fellow Rangers to the ground and wounded both with shrapnel. A second grenade then landed only a few teet away from them. Instantly realizing the danger, Staff Sergeant Petry, unhesitatingly and with complete disregard tor his safety, deliberately and selflessly moved forward, picked up the grenade, and in an effort to clear the immediate threat, threw the grenade away from his fellow Rangers. As he was releasing the grenade it detonated, amputating his right hand at the waist and further injuring him with multiple shrapnel wounds. Although picking up and throwing the live grenade grievously wounded Staff Sergeant Petry, his gallant act undeniably saved his fellow Rangers from being severely wounded or killed. Despite the severity of his wounds, Staff Sergeant Petry continued to maintain the presence of mind to place a tourniquet on his right wrist before communicating the situation by radio in order to coordinate support for himself and his fellow wounded Rangers. Staff Sergeant Petry's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service, and reflect great credit upon himself, 75th Ranger Regiment, and the United States Army.
 
Topics and series. This memorial is listed in this topic list: War, Afghanistan. In addition, it is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 2008.
 
Location.
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By J. Makali Bruton, August 24, 2021
3. Staff Sergeant Leroy A. Petry Statue
35° 41.379′ N, 105° 56.311′ W. Marker is in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in Santa Fe County. Memorial is on West Marcy Street west of Lincoln Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Santa Fe NM 87501, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Courtyard of Catua and Omtua (within shouting distance of this marker); The Old Spanish Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); Hewett House (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Officer's Quarters (about 500 feet away); Museum of Fine Arts (about 600 feet away); Fray Angélico Chávez (about 600 feet away); The Spitz Clock (about 600 feet away); Cut Stone Facade with Quoin (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Santa Fe.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 17, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 17, 2021, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 34 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 17, 2021, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.

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