Hospitalized Army Ranger's Inspiring Salute

Josh Hargis surprised everyone who thought he was unconscious during his Purple Heart ceremony.
1:50 | 10/16/13

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We want you to know the story behind a powerful and inspiring photo. Army ranger josh hargis, in the hospital, after being gravely wounded in afghanistan. He got a visit from his commander just the other day. And his wife says that what happened moments later left not a dry eye in the room. Taylor hargis opened a letter from the commander of the u.S. Army's 3rd ranger battalion in afghanistan. For any military wife, a moment of dread. The commander had written that her husband, josh, was seriously wounded. An afghan woman had detonated a suicide vest. Four members of josh's team were killed. And it had taken two hours to get josh to the hospital. But josh was alive. Later writing on facebook, taylor explained, josh was immediately pushed through a series of surgeries. And emerged hours later into an intensive care unit. He was being moved to germany. But first, a tradition. The commander would award josh the purple heart for his sacrifice. As the ceremony began, everybody thought josh was unconscious. When something truly remarkable happened. He somehow found the strength to slowly raise his arm, extend his fingers and salute. Pure determination that brought grown men standing by his bedside to tears. And so, once again, to josh hargis and taylor hargis and all the men and women overseas and all their families back at home, complete and total thank you for your sacrifice and your service. So strong. The doctors were trying to put his arm down. They thought he was having a seizure. Some sort of reaction. And, no. Josh hargis knew what he was doing. Thank you, josh elliott, for

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