ABC News’ Mary Bruce (@marykbruce) Reports:
Just weeks after President Obama confused his Medal of Honor recipients, referring to a soldier who received the award posthumously as being alive, the White House officially announced today that the President will award his third Medal of Honor on July 12 to Sergeant First Class Leroy Petry for his courageous actions in Afghanistan.
According to the Army News Service, Petry lost his right hand and suffered severe wounds after throwing a grenade away from his fellow soldiers during combat with armed Afghani insurgents on May 26, 2008.
The grenade later exploded and Petry’s action was credited with saving the lives of his comrades.
Petry, who has completed multiple combat tours to Afghanistan and Iraq totaling 28 months of deployment, will be the second living, active duty service member to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan. Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta was the first to receive the honor last year. President Obama has also awarded the Medal posthumously to Sergeant First Class Jared Monti, who was killed in Afghanistan on June 21, 2006.
The Medal Of Honor, the highest military decoration awarded by the United States, “is awarded to members of the Armed Forces who distinguish themselves conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty,” according to the White House announcement released today.