Saturday, May 23, 2009

In Memorium

Ross Andrew McGinnis was a soldier in the United States Army who was killed in action on December 4, 2006 during the Iraq War when he threw himself on a live grenade thereby saving the lives of at least four other Soldiers.

For his action, McGinnis was posthumously promoted to specialist and awarded the Medal of Honor as well as the Silver Star and Purple Heart. His family was presented the Medal of Honor by President George W. Bush on June 2, 2008 at a ceremony at the White House.

Pfc. McGinnis, with his mom at Fort Benning, Georgia, 2005.

Pfc. McGinnis, with his dad at Fort Benning, Georgia, 2005.

Pfc. McGinnis, with sister Katie, 20.

And these are the soldiers whose lives he saved: From left, retired Staff Sgt. Ian Newland, Sgt. Lyle Buehler, Sgt. 1st Class Cedric Thomas and Spc. Sean Lawson are all alive today because of Spc. Ross McGinnis's selfless sacrifice. (U.S. Army Photo by Carrie McLeroy)

Since the beginning of the Iraq War, McGinnis is one of four known Servicemen who have thrown themselves on a live grenade; the others being:

(LINK) Marine Corporal Jason Dunham
(LINK) Navy SEAL Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael A. Monsoor
(LINK) Marine Sergeant Rafael Peralta

McGinnis is the fourth recipient of the Medal of Honor in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

LINK: Read more about Specialist McGinnis at his U.S. Army Medal of Honor Page.


outsidetheberm said...

Nice tribute. Thanks for the fitting reminder.

Major Pepperidge said...

It's easy to hear about the number of casualties and just think about it as a "big number"... and you know that each number stands for an exceptional person doing something that most of us would not want to do. Thanks to Ross McGinnis and to all of the men and women out there giving it their all.

Anonymous said...

Ross Andrew McGinnis gave his life to save his fellow soldiers, when he very easily could have jumped from his vehicle and saved himself. But Specialist McGinnis was more concerned about the lives of his comrades and not his own survival. Specialist McGinnis' supreme sacrifice at the age of 19 will never be forgotten. As an Army Veteran of the 1980s who was destined never to serve in combat, I salute the bravery of this young soldier who gave his life not only for his country but for his fellow soldiers.