Lessons in Character Education: Interview with Medal of Honor Recipient Leroy Petry (Afghanistan)

Presented by: The Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation
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Medal of Honor Recipient Leroy Petry told his personal story of service in Afghanistan during this special webinar presented by the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation (CMOHF). This recorded interview is an exciting learning opportunity for students.

On May 26, 2008, Petry’s platoon was conducting combat operations against an armed enemy in Paktya, Afghanistan. Reacting to the need of another assault squad, he moved to their aid to provide supervision and guidance. Although wounded by a round which went through both of his legs, Petry still managed to lead a comrade to cover. When a grenade landed just a few feet from them, Petry risked his life to reach and secure the live grenade and throw it away from his fellow Rangers. As he released the grenade, it detonated and amputated his right hand.

During this webinar, Mr. Petry discussed what the Medal of Honor means to him and how it has affected his life, adding his unique perspective on the values celebrated by the CMOHF Character Development Program. Cathy Metcalf, Vice President of Education for the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation, moderated the session.