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.
We're at the mercy of Microsoft's Windows 10
Dave Ross | July 31, 2015 7:36 amFrom here on out, there won't be new operating system releases. Everything will be in the cloud and Windows 10 will just quietly evolve as we do - until it actually becomes part of your body.
How Donald Trump is preparing for the big debate
Dave Ross | July 30, 2015 6:56 amThe first Republican debate is now a week away, and the man leading in the polls has warned his fans not to expect too much.
God sends a clear message
Dave Ross | July 29, 2015 6:08 amPastor Benny Holmes, and his pistol, of Baytown Texas is in the headlines again.
This is how a nut case goes to court
Dave Ross | July 28, 2015 7:08 amA lawsuit over almond milk has gone to US District Court in New York. Two people who bought Almond Breeze Almond Milk are suing for $5 million because the product contains only 2 percent almonds.
Congressman Dave Reichert calls Donald Trump a joke
Stephanie Klein | July 27, 2015 10:01 amRegardless of what voters think of presidential candidate Donald Trump, critics, like King County's former sheriff, believe he's causing a distraction.
Americans have finally stopped getting fatter
Dave Ross | July 27, 2015 6:02 amCalorie consumption in America peaked 12 years ago and most people are getting thinner. There's a few theories why. But don't celebrate too soon.
Ross: What happened in Laredo? And what happend to Trump?
Dave Ross | July 24, 2015 6:20 amDonald Trump held an event Thursday with the Mayor and city manager of Laredo, Texas. What happened was...unexpected.
A teenager flies a drone armed with a gun, what could go wrong?
Dave Ross | July 23, 2015 7:44 amA Connecticut teenager has taken his drone hobby to the next level and has armed his drones with a loaded weapon.
Hijacking your car from 10 miles away
Dave Ross | July 22, 2015 7:02 amThe more complex a machine becomes, the more likely it is to be hijacked by insidious, outside forces.
We can go to Pluto, but we can't wash dishes
Dave Ross | July 21, 2015 6:46 amAn appliance lobbying organization is going head-to-head with the government over new dishwasher standards it says are impossible. But are they?
The potential bomb that's still completely legal
Dave Ross | July 20, 2015 6:46 amThere have been several fires on cargo planes carrying closely-packed shipments of a common battery. And the FAA can't do anything about it.
Atticus is under attack
Dave Ross | July 17, 2015 8:06 amI figure if I can live with the name Dave, you can live with the name Atticus.
Do you deal or do you threaten?
Dave Ross | July 16, 2015 6:16 amShould President Barack Obama listen to advice from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about Iran?
Space: The ultimate sport
Dave Ross | July 15, 2015 6:28 amAs the New Horizons probe reaches Pluto, its destination, NASA and the world marvels at what information it is sending back.
Is Hillary Clinton being deliberately boring?
Dave Ross | July 14, 2015 6:26 amHillary Clinton's speeches are like the economic version of a personal hygiene message — quite boring.