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Medal of Honor to go to Iraq hero

May 24, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

A Pennsylvania soldier who jumped on a grenade in Iraq to save the lives of his comrades at the cost of his own will get the Medal of Honor.

The nation's highest military award will go to 19-year-old Army Pfc. Ross McGinnis of Knox, Pa., on June 2, the White House said.

McGinnis was in the gunner's hatch of a Humvee on Dec. 4, 2006, when a grenade sailed into it. He jumped on the grenade, which blew up and killed him, but his four comrades survived.

Lt. Col. Anne Edgecomb, an Army spokeswoman, said McGinnis could have jumped out and saved himself, but instead saved his buddies.

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