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President Bush Awards Medal of Honor

President Bush Awards Medal of Honor to Ross McGinnis

This morning President Bush presented the nation's highest military award to a young soldier who was killed in Iraq when he threw himself on a hand grenade tossed into a Humvee and saved the four other soldiers with him in the vehicle.

Ross McGinnis of Pennsylvania was only 19 years old when he gave his life to save his fellow soldiers.

Bush said, "the Medal of Honor is the nation's highest military distinction. It's given for valor beyond anything that duty could require or a superior could command."

McGinnis' parents accepted the award. He is to be the fourth soldier to receive the Medal of Honor, for actions while serving in Iraq. McGinnis enlisted on his 17th birthday. US Army Maj. Gen. David H. Huntoon Jr. said, "He chose this path because he was a good man and an honorable man. His generosity of spirit shines bright. We salute his honor and inspiration and we remember his brilliant example of selfless service."

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tweet-hotpants tweet-hotpants 7 years
John 15:13 - "Greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends." what an amazing young man.
gigill gigill 7 years
I teared up reading this article...what a selfless act of courage and bravery.
juju4 juju4 7 years
Wow, what an admirable thing to do!
Beauty Beauty 7 years
I was so sad when I heard about this story on the radio this morning... 19 years old. Truly a brave young man, and such a sad story.
LadyAngel89 LadyAngel89 7 years
Now that is a genuine hero...
Kimpossible Kimpossible 7 years
Truly brave and honorable. They raised a great man.
sarah_bellum sarah_bellum 7 years
That's amazing. It's truly humbling to know we have people of that caliber serving in our military. His family are certainly in my prayers.
Jillness Jillness 7 years
What a selfless and brave young man! Truly inspiring.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 7 years
I started tearing up reading this too - it's so sad.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 7 years
I nearly started crying when I read this. What an amazing, selfless thing to do. His parents raised a son to be proud of!
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 7 years
This is the most selfless act you could ever do. This is a true hero. I'm getting choked up just thinking about it. I can't even imagine having to make that choice.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
a true american hero, so brave, and so sad
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 7 years
I agree Cine. Very honorable and brave at such a young age.
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
It makes me think of "Saving Private Ryan". I feel for his family.
cine_lover cine_lover 7 years
What a brave young man. I can't even imagine making a decision like he did. And what it must be like to be one of the survivors.
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