You Have to See This.

The photo you see below this text is of Josh Hargis, an Army Ranger recently severely wounded in a major firefight in Afghanistan. His Commanding Officer was presenting him with a Purple Heart, the US Army decoration for soldiers wounded in combat, and believed Josh was unconscious. That is, until he raised his right arm, despite the doctors and the multiple tubes, and saluted.

Go ahead and cry. I know I’ve been since I saw this about 15 minutes ago, on the NBC Nightly News.

Wounded Army Ranger Josh Hargis Saluting Receipt of Purple Heart

Wounded Army Ranger Josh Hargis Saluting Receipt of Purple Heart






Photo from USA Today, via, retrieved by Bing Search  15 October 2013.

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22 Responses to You Have to See This.

  1. unfetteredbs says:

    goosebumps… thanks John. Well done

  2. 1jaded1 says:

    Amazing is right. Thank you for sharing.

  3. aFrankAngle says:

    Unreal and touching! Many thanks!!!

  4. I saw this…it is so neat!

    • This story made a great companion piece to the latest Medal of Honor winner, also presented yesterday. I hate to use the title “Greatest Generation” only for WW2 vets – these two show we’ve got some VERY great members of this generation!

  5. tom says:

    Hopefully it was returned with a crisp salute.

    • I never actually saw anything about the commander’s return salute. I think it might’ve been just a bit off the mark, considering most everybody on the ward had tears in their eyes!

  6. benzeknees says:

    Awwww, sniff, sniff.

  7. whiteladyinthehood says:

    You gotta big heart, John! (very moving photo)

  8. Elyse says:

    Thanks, John. Amazing.

    • And I’ve seen reports about the incident on the BBC World and British-oriented TV, on Germany’s Deutsche Welle TV, and all over the Internet. An amazing story gaining an amazingly broad following.

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