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USF Hosts Medal of Honor Recipient

USF's Veterans Week ceremony spotlights keynote speaker United States Army Medal of Honor recipient Master Sergeant Leroy Petry (Ret.)

TAMPA, Fla. (Nov. 5, 2014) United States Army Medal of Honor recipient Master Sergeant Leroy Petry (Ret.) served as the keynote speaker at the Veterans Day ceremony at the University of South Florida’s Marshall Student Center Amphitheater.

The event was one of several planned for USF’s Veterans Week and sponsored by the Office of Veterans Services. Activities and programs throughout the week were held to honor the bravery and sacrifice of all those who have served in the United States military.

We had the opportunity to speak with Petry about what being a recipient of the U.S. Army Medal of Honor means to him. Listen to Petry share his story with the USF community:

USF is often recognized as one of the nation’s most veteran friendly universities and is home to one of the nation’s largest student veteran populations, with nearly 2,000. Military Times magazine just released this year's rankings and USF is 5th in most veteran friendly schools in the nation.

Petry, a resident of Seattle, received the Medal of Honor in recognition of his valor in Afghanistan, where he served as part of the elite Army Rangers. The Medal of Honor is considered the nation’s highest medal for valor. He “distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty in action with an armed enemy…on May 26, 2008” by saving fellow Rangers from being severely wounded or killed by a grenade, despite the loss of his own hand. Petry shared his inspirational story of duty and recovery with the audience during the ceremony.

As Petry wrapped up his visit to the university, he took some time to stop by USF Athletics to provide some inspirational messages to the football team and coaches.

To read about Petry's visit with the football team and to view a photo gallery click here.

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