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UNCONSCIOUS SOLDIER SALUTES UPON GETTING PURPLE HEART

UNCONSCIOUS SOLDIER SALUTES UPON GETTING PURPLE HEART

There wasn't a dry eye in the hospital room during last week's Purple Heart ceremony for Army Ranger Josh Hargis. Hooked to a breathing tube in a military hospital in Afghanistan, Hargis had lost both his legs in battle, and doctors thought he hadn't yet regained consciousness when the ceremony began at his bedside. However, Hargis lifted his bandaged hand, with a little help from an attending doctor, in order to salute a commanding officer who had presented him with the medal. The commander wrote in a letter to Hargis' wife: "I cannot impart on you the level of emotion that poured through the intensive care unit that day. Grown men began to weep, and we were speechless at a gesture that speaks volumes about Josh's courage and character."

 

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