It was an emotional moment,
few in attendance will ever forget. Army
Ranger, Corporal Josh Hargis, 3rd of the 75th Ranger
Regiment, stationed at Fort Benning, was very severely wounded, by exploding
IED's, earlier this month, while on patrol in Afghanistan, explosions that
killed four U.S. soldiers and wounded several others.
While still under intensive-care,
at a military hospital in Afghanistan, prior to transport for additional treatment
in Germany, an estimated fifty fellow Rangers and medical staff members were gathered
around his bedside for a Purple Heart ceremony.
Lying still, hooked to a breathing tube, and all manner of
life-sustaining equipment, understandably, Corporal Hargis was presumed to be
medically-unconscious. As orders were
read, the medal then affixed to his blanket, the presiding officer rendered the
traditional salute. Then it
happened. Immobile, struggling to move
his heavily bandaged right arm, finally, slowly, hand-to-forehead, unbelievably,
and the best he could, the Corporal returned that officer's salute, military
training and protocol, somehow breaking through, overwhelming the severity of
his condition. Providing an emotionally-unforgettable
moment for all who witnessed.
An incredible example of commitment and courage, under extreme- circumstances, not unlike that which he, and his fellow special operations soldiers, display on the battlefield, and in life, everyday. Corporal Josh Hargis is now back in the U.S., joined by family, beginning his long recuperation at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. The gratitude, admiration and heart-felt thanks, of an extremely grateful-nation, are extended to Josh Hargis, and to all of America's wounded warriors, as they work their way, step by step along the arduous-road to recovery, here in our great land of freedom, home to the incredibly-brave.