President Barack Obama hugs Bertha Petry, the grandmother of Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Arthur Petry, U.S. Army, in the Blue Room of the White House, July 12, 2011. The President later awarded Sgt. 1st Class Petry, left, the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions during combat operations against an armed enemy in Paktya, Afghanistan, in May 2008.
The surviving family members of Army Spc. Christopher Gathercole stand after being acknowledged by President Barack Obama during Army Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Petry's Medal of Honor ceremony in Washington D.C., July 12, 2011. Gathercole was killed in Afghanistan in the same attack for which Petry received his Medal of Honor.