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.
Here it is again: Police shoot another unarmed man
Dave Ross | March 03, 2015 6:30 amAn unarmed suspect struggles with a police officer, goes for his gun, and the officer feels he has no other choice.
My eyes are opened
Dave Ross | March 02, 2015 6:50 amI came home last week and the first thing my wife says to me "You know it's blue and black right?"
Supreme Court - just lie
Dave Ross | February 27, 2015 6:16 amThe Supreme Court heard arguments about headscarves this week. Specifically, the case of Samantha Elauf who was 17 when she went into a job interview at Abercrombie & Fitch in Tulsa, Oklahoma, wearing a headscarf.
Will my Internet get faster?
Dave Ross | February 26, 2015 6:09 amComputer people are totally preoccupied with the FCC's net neutrality decision. But what normal people want to know is, will my Internet get faster, and will it cost me more? So I asked Maggie Reardon from CNET.
Will people ever get the message?
Dave Ross | February 25, 2015 8:29 amBack in 2006 a federal judge ordered tobacco companies to print a new warning on cartons which would say, "Cigarette companies intentionally designed cigarettes with enough nicotine to create and sustain addiction."
Guess who else was a war correspondent!?
Dave Ross | February 24, 2015 7:11 amAfter Brian Williams got in trouble for his Iraq War exaggerations, Fox commentator Bill O'Reilly was among the people saying the media must be held accountable.
Love, American style
Dave Ross | February 23, 2015 6:55 amI just want to say, in case it ever comes up, I love America.
Why we should offer free college diplomas
Dave Ross | February 20, 2015 6:43 amThe latest study to shake up the income inequality debate comes from MIT Professor David Autor - who, by the way is not against inequality.
Could search engines decide the 2016 election?
Dave Ross | February 19, 2015 6:55 amPsychologist Dr. Robert Epstein says according to his research the answer is yes.
Bring the fun back!
Dave Ross | February 18, 2015 6:42 amFrom what I can see, and admittedly this is anecdotal, the no texting while driving laws aren't working.
The joy of being ordinary
Dave Ross | February 17, 2015 6:42 amWhen you were in middle school, what did you want to be?
What did he say? Remembering messages from beloved presidents
Dave Ross | February 16, 2015 5:37 amToday we remember our two most beloved presidents: Washington and Lincoln. These two great men are in fact still with us through their most famous quotations.
Pastor: Politics may be leading you to bypass Biblical foundations
Dave Ross | February 14, 2015 11:08 pmThe immigration debate has slipped out of the news, but there's been movement behind the scenes, and it involves Conservative Christians.
How many times have they tolled you?
Dave Ross | February 13, 2015 7:10 amEverybody hates highway taxes. So about 20 years ago, states began exploring free market solutions to raising money for roads.
Dave Ross | February 12, 2015 6:20 amI loved baseball, as a kid. I watched all the Yankee games growing up New York. Phil Rizzuto, Bed Barber, and my favorite - Mel Allen they made it easy to watch a game on the radio. I can still sing the "Baseball and Ballantine" beer Jingle.