On 26 May 2008, Sergeant Leroy Petry was shot in both thighs during a firefight with insurgents. After he was wounded, an enemy grenade landed near him and two other Rangers. He picked up the grenade and threw it back. It exploded just as it left his right hand, but his quick thinking saved the lives of the other Soldiers. Petry received an innovative prosthetic hand, and in May 2010, he raised his new hand to reenlist as an Army Ranger. For his actions in Afghanistan, he received the Medal of Honor.


Sergeant Petry raises his high-tech prosthetic hand at his reenlistment ceremony.


Petry is interviewed prior to his Medal of Honor presentation.