Memorial Day is a fitting occasion to give honor to whom honor is due (Romans 13:7). The Associated Press has the story:
WASHINGTON — The White House announced Friday that a Pennsylvania soldier who jumped on top of a grenade in Iraq and saved the lives of his comrades will posthumously receive the Medal of Honor.
The nation’s highest military honor will be given to 19-year-old Army Pfc. Ross McGinnis of Knox, Pa., on June 2.
McGinnis “distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism,” said White House deputy press secretary Tony Fratto.
He was in the gunner’s hatch of a Humvee on Dec. 4, 2006, when a grenade sailed past him and into the truck where four other soldiers sat. He shouted a warning to the others, then jumped on the grenade that was lodged near the vehicle’s radio. It blew up and killed him.
Lt. Col. Anne Edgecomb, an Army spokeswoman, said McGinnis easily could have jumped out of the truck and saved himself.
“The instinct is, jump out of the vehicle, but his four buddies were in the vehicle with him … and he chose to place himself on top of the grenade and absorb the impact, and it saved their lives,” Edgecomb said.
McGinnis was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, in Schweinfurt, Germany.
Three others have also been awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously for their actions in Iraq. They are Army Sgt. 1st Class Paul R. Smith, Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael A. Monsoor and Marine Cpl. Jason L. Dunham.
I have always hoped I would have the courage and quick thinking to do something like this if the time came.
Thank you, Army Pfc. Ross McGinnis.
I dunno about Go Army – but that guy was brave and I give much respect to him.
What could you possibly mean by you don’t know about “Go Army”? I am somewhat afraid to even hear the answer.
I say a resounding Go Army, go every brave man and woman serving in our military, and thank you Pfc. Ross McGinnis for your amazing sacrifice for your brothers and your country, HOOAH.
Thanks for posting this, Denny. Our son is almost 8, and is learning what it means to be a HERO.
What a great application lesson this will be about what it means to lay down our lives for a friend. To be a true covenant friend.
Then to put it into context of what Jesus did for us…
We’ll be praying for Pfc. McGinnis’ family this weekend.