Obama Bestows Medal of Honor on Soldier Who Lost His Hand

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. (Charles Dharapak / AP)

President Barack Obama awards Sgt. First Class Petry the Medal of Honor. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP)

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