Land of the Free
Foundation is pleased to announce that Medal of Honor
recipient Sgt. 1st Class, Leroy Petry
will be our guest of Honor and Speaker at this year’s Land
of the Free Foundation Golf Classic Dinner.
During an extremely close and violent engagement with a
well-armed enemy, Staff Sergeant Petry was wounded in both
legs. He engaged the enemy with a grenade, providing
cover to a fellow Ranger and calling for a second. The
enemy maneuvered closer and launched grenades, one of which
landed among the three Rangers and Staff Sergeant Petry.
Despite his serious leg wounds, Staff Sergeant Petry
unhesitatingly moved to the grenade, grabbed it to throw it
away from the vicinity. The grenade detonated as Petry
released it, amputating Petry's right hand at the wrist and
further injuring him with multiple shrapnel wounds.
His act saved the other Rangers from serious injury.
Staff Sergeant Petry will be
our honored guest at this year’s event and share with us a
piece of his story.