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President Obama greets Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Arthur Petry before awarding him the Medal of Honor during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House on Tuesday. Sgt. Petry is the ninth service member to have been named a recipient of the Medal of Honor for actions in Afghanistan and Iraq.

    'Hero' receives Medal of Honor

    President Obama awarded the nation's highest military honor Tuesday to Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Arthur Petry after describing how the soldier took enemy fire in Afghanistan but still grabbed a live grenade to save his comrades. "This is the stuff of which heroes are made," the president declared.

  • ** FILE ** President Obama pauses in the East Room of the White House in Washington on Monday, May 2, 2011, while speaking about the capture and killing of Osama bin Laden before awarding the Medal of Honor posthumously to U.S. Army Pvt. 1st Class Anthony T. Kaholohanohano and U.S. Army Pvt. 1st Class Henry Svehla for conspicuous gallantry during the Korean War. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

    Obama to award Medal of Honor to Army sergeant

    President Obama will award the Medal of Honor to a Washington-state-based Army sergeant who lost his hand in Afghanistan when he tried to toss an enemy grenade away from himself and two colleagues.

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  • "It's very humbling to know that the guys thought that much of me and my actions that day, to nominate me for that," Sgt. Petry told the Army News Service.

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  • "To be singled out is very humbling. I consider every one of our men and women in uniform serving here, abroad, to be our heroes," Sgt. Petry said. "They sacrifice every day and deserve your continued support and recognition."

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