Winning a medal?

July 14, 2011

Army Ranger to be second living Medal of Honor recipient

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama is set to award a Medal of Honor on Tuesday afternoon to Army Ranger Sergeant 1st Class Leroy Petry, the second living soldier to win the military’s highest decoration for actions in Afghanistan.

Petry, originally from New Mexico, is among nine servicemen from the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts to win the award — given for “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty.”

Today in Reuters News on the internet you have this story about an American Army Ranger who is going to receive the United States Of America’s highest military honor. The Medal Of Honor.

In this story it is printed that this individual won the medal.

I am a war veteran of the Vietnam War and I find this a disgrace to all those men and women who serve in our military here in the USA and around the world.

We all know that the correct reporting is to say the individual is a recipient or is awarded the medal. Those in the military are not playing a game to win anything. They are just doing their jobs.

Have some respect. Do the right thing.


We understand that some readers have strong feelings about this issue.

The Associated Press Stylebook actually cautions journalists to use a word such as “recipient” rather than “winner” when writing about the Medal of Honor.

Our own guide does not address the issue, but in subsequent versions of the Leroy Petry story we changed our wording: GBU Editor

U.S. President Barack Obama awards Sergeant First Class Leroy Arthur Petry, U.S. Army, the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty during a ceremony at the White House in Washington July 12, 2011. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

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“…the second living soldier to EARN the military’s highest decoration…” would also have been a valid statement. Recipients are awarded that medal because they earned it.

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