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President Bush Awards Medal of Honor

President Bush Awards Medal of Honor to Ross McGinnis

This morning President Bush presented the nation's highest military award to a young soldier who was killed in Iraq when he threw himself on a hand grenade tossed into a Humvee and saved the four other soldiers with him in the vehicle.

Ross McGinnis of Pennsylvania was only 19 years old when he gave his life to save his fellow soldiers.


Bush said, "the Medal of Honor is the nation's highest military distinction. It's given for valor beyond anything that duty could require or a superior could command."

McGinnis' parents accepted the award. He is to be the fourth soldier to receive the Medal of Honor, for actions while serving in Iraq. McGinnis enlisted on his 17th birthday. US Army Maj. Gen. David H. Huntoon Jr. said, "He chose this path because he was a good man and an honorable man. His generosity of spirit shines bright. We salute his honor and inspiration and we remember his brilliant example of selfless service."

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