There has been much written recently about Medal of Honor recipient Leroy Petry of Santa Fe, and rightfully so. The Sgt. 1st Class will receive the honor at a Washington, D.C., ceremony July 12.
Of all the glowing praise in the articles written recently about him the past week — articles from the N.Y. Times to USA Today to the Washington Post — only one that I know of was as personal as the one written last week by friend and former colleague (and he’s a former Santa Fe New Mexican intern then employee) Lucas Peerman.
Peerman, now an editor with the Las Cruces Sun-News, where I worked with him a few years ago when I was sports editor there, is Petry’s cousin. Of his cousin, Lucas writes:
Leroy said he understands the attention, but is trying
not to get caught up in it. His latest Facebook post reads: “I have received a barrage of FB, phone calls, texts, and phone calls/voicemails. Just wanted to say thank you for all your support and although I might not reach all I am humble honored and blessed. The award is bigger than the person and what it represents and I will always remember that.”
Last year, Leroy enlisted in the Army indefinitely. He enjoys his current job – helping soldiers who have lost limbs readapt to society. He has a lovely wife, Ashley, raises three stepchildren – Brittany, Austin and Reagan – as his own, and never goes anywhere without his son, Landon.
“Well, I’m gonna go get a haircut,” Leroy said before we ended our 10-minute phone conversation. “It’s been about a week.” So far, that’s life for this family man, Army Ranger and Medal of Honor recipient. And yes, that’s the order Leroy – my hero – would like it listed.
Here are some recent articles, including the one from Lucas:
- Las Cruces Sun-News: Medal of Honor recipient a hero to his family, too
- Family, friends say Medal of Honor recipient always ready to help
- Obama to award Medal of Honor to Santa Fe man