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President Obama bestows Medal of Honor on soldier who lost his hand

Charles Dharapak / AP

President Barack Obama shakes the prosthetic hand of U.S. Army Sgt. First Class Leroy Arthur Petry of Santa Fe, N.M., who received the Medal of Honor for his valor in Afghanistan in a ceremony in the East Room of the White House, July 12, 2011. Petry lost his right hand as he tossed aside a live grenade during a 2008 firefight in Afghanistan, sparing the lives of his fellow Army Rangers.

Msnbc.com staff and news service reports:
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama bestowed a Medal of Honor on Tuesday afternoon to Army Ranger Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Petry, the second living soldier to receive the military's highest decoration for actions in Afghanistan.

Petry, originally from New Mexico, is among nine servicemen from the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts to win the award — given for "conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty."

Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

President Barack Obama awards Sgt. First Class Petry the Medal of Honor.

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