A Sunday Feel Good Story

From the IJ Review:

‘Salute Seen Around the World’ Shows True American Hero

During a mission in the Panjwai district of Afghanistan, the U.S. Army’s 3rd Ranger Battalion was attacked by a massive suicide explosion that left four members of the team dead. Ranger Josh Hargis, one of the survivors, was severely wounded from the attack.

Here is a picture of Josh recovering in a hospital in Afghanistan. About fifty soldiers crowded into the room to award him with the prestigious Purple Heart for his wounds received in action. Despite the horrible pain he was experiencing, he still gave this incredibly beautiful salute to his commanding officer. This is the definition of true patriotism:


Here is what Josh’s wife posted, along with the photo, to her Facebook page:

I received this picture today along with a letter from the commander of the team Josh was a part of on the night of his injuries. A letter to explain to me what kind of man I have the privilege of being married to. He explained to me what happened and what was going on in the picture.

“Josh was seriously wounded as you know, and survived for almost two hours after his injury before arriving to the hospital. Josh was immediately pushed through a series of surgeries and emerged hours later into an intensive care unit here at our base in Afghanistan.

Despite being in intense pain and mental duress, Josh remained alert and compassionate to the limited Rangers that were allowed to visit his bedside. Prior to Josh being moved to Germany for his eventual flight to America, we conducted a ceremony to award him with the Purple Heart for wounds received in action.

A simple ceremony, you can picture a room full of Rangers, leaders, doctors, and nurses surrounding his bedside while the Ranger Regimental Commander pinned the Purple Heart to his blanket. During the presentation the Commander publishes the official orders verbally and leaned over Josh to thank him for his sacrifice.

Josh, whom everybody in the room (over 50 people) assumed to be unconscious, began to move his right arm under the blanket in a diligent effort to salute the Commander as is customary during these ceremonies. Despite his wounds, wrappings, tubes, and pain, Josh fought the doctor who was trying to restrain his right arm and rendered the most beautiful salute any person in that room had ever seen.

I cannot impart on you the level of emotion that poured through the intensive care unit that day. Grown men began to weep and we were speechless at a gesture that speak volumes about Josh’s courage and character. The picture, which we believe belongs on every news channel and every news paper is attached. I have it hanging above my desk now and will remember it as the single greatest event I have witnessed in my ten years in the Army.”

What an inspiring young man. Just as Josh’s commander pointed out, Americans need to see more heroes like this. This story belongs on every news channel and website and newspaper across the country. Let’s each do our part to SHARE this incredible example of patriotism and honor.


A simple thank you doesn’t seem sufficient, but that’s all we have. Josh, we thank you for your service.


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8 Responses to A Sunday Feel Good Story

  1. Hardnox says:

    Great story. Thank you for your service. I am humbled that we have such warriors. Agreed, this needs to plastered on the news but instead we get resident Zero 24/7. It is doubtful that it will make the news. At least we saw it here. Thanks for posting this.

  2. Terry says:

    A fantastic, moving story Kathy.
    Feelings of pride for our servicemen/women are scarcely enough…but it’s an emotion the ungrateful left will never share.

  3. Clyde says:

    THIS is what makes our nation GREAT. NOT criminal political hacks, doped-up celebutards, or faggots whining that they are “discriminated” against. Godspeed, Josh. May HE make your recovery whole, and complete. Excellent post, Kathy. Sure glad Goreon invented the internet. Otherwise, THIS would NEVER have seen the light of day.

  4. Buck says:

    It was on the news this week. I forget whether it was Fox, MSM or local but I saw it on tv.

  5. Pride, Honor and Respect for our Nation and our Constitution are not dead. The fire still smoulders.