I interviewed a soldier who received the Medal of Honor, Sgt. Leroy Petry. When you prepare for an interview like that, you're going to meet somebody who was practically killed in battle, and you feel a little intimidated.
He told me his story, which I'm sure he's told hundreds of times, but it's certainly worth hearing. His company of Army Rangers were trying to take an enemy compound in Afghanistan. And of course, they were ambushed. The guns opened up, he was hit by a bullet, he and his group were knocked to the ground by a grenade. And then, as he's lying there in the dirt, he sees another grenade bouncing just a foot or so away. And that one would've finished them all off had he not grabbed it and flung it as hard as he could even as it exploded in his hand.
He lost his hand; he lost part of his arm. As he told me this story, he said he didn't feel anything, just that he had to do something to protect his buddies. So, with his remaining hand, he tied a tourniquet around his injured arm, called for help, and he got them out of there.
Most of us will never be tested in that way. I have no idea how I'd react, you have no idea how you'd react, even if you'd be able to go on with the rest of your life. When I met Sgt. Petry, he had a big smile, he was happy to shake my hand with his new mechanical one.
He's still in the Army today. He counsels families that get the same news his parents did the day he was injured. He ended his interview with me with a request for when you meet somebody in uniform. You usually say, "Thank you for your service." That's kind of a timeworn phrase now. Sgt. Petry told me that a little thumbs up is a good way to know you understand the price they're willing to pay.
A reminder that gullibility can cut both ways
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It's been called 'the biggest open question in TV history'
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Is this man killing capitalism or saving it?
Dave Ross | April 15, 2015 5:35 amSupporters say $15 minimum wage is long overdue; opponents say it'll kill capitalism as we know it. And then there's CEO Dan Price.
Free-range parents worried by strangers trying to protect their children
Dave Ross | April 14, 2015 5:52 amFor free-range parents, there is something much scarier than the predators who want to kidnap their kids; and that's the strangers trying to protect them.
Religious beliefs prompt seat change
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Do it for Denmark
Dave Ross | April 10, 2015 6:00 am"Can sex save Denmark's future," asks a promotional video from a Danish Travel company. It's running a contest to rescue the Danish birthrate, which is the lowest in 27 years.
Reviewing the Apple Watch reviews
Dave Ross | April 09, 2015 6:10 amThe reviews of the Apple Watch are in. So Dave Ross reviews the reviews.
Let's do a little battery experiment
Dave Ross | April 08, 2015 7:05 amWhy would a Stanford researcher want to drill a hole through a battery he just invented?
Droughts and growing population leading to drastic drinking water measures
Dave Ross | April 07, 2015 3:52 pmWith the Southwest becoming home to more people and less water, reused sewage water is becoming closer and closer to a reality.
Dave Ross: Here's how to stay happy during a drought
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Indiana channels its inner San Francisco
Dave Ross | April 03, 2015 6:14 amWhen Governor Mike Pence of Indiana signed the state's religious freedom bill last week, the idea was to protect businesses like Memories Pizza in the little town of Walkerton.
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Why is McDonald's raising its wages?
Dave Ross | April 02, 2015 8:35 amMcDonald's is the latest to announce a wage increase for employees in the 1,5400 outlets that it operates. That affects about 90,000 employees and means Seattle workers will make $12 an hour. But why?
Something else to worry about: Exploding head syndrome
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