Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Leroy returns home

This article was published by the Associated Press on July 19

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. — Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Petry has returned home to Washington state, a week after President Barack Obama presented him with the nation’s highest military award, the Medal of Honor.

Petry told reporters at Joint Base Lewis-McChord south of Seattle on Tuesday that he and his family received a warm welcome in their neighborhood in Steilacoom when they arrived Monday night. Children made banners and cheered for them.

Petry says he’s eager to get back to his day job working with injured Special Forces members and their families.

Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Arthur Petry walks past a display about his Medal of Honor award as he heads to a news conference Tuesday at Joint Base Lewis McChord, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

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