BOSTON (CBS) – A humble salute at Boston’s Seaport on Tuesday – as the city welcomes some of our country’s bravest heroes – recipients of the Medal of Honor. A five-day event unites veterans who have received the medal.
Tom Kelley of Somerville served 30 years in the Navy; he is honored for his courageous and brilliant leadership in Vietnam. “We were shot and we managed to get everyone out of there and save the people we were protecting,” Kelley said. “That’s why they gave me the medal of honor, believe it or not.”
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Medal of Honor is the country’s tallest and rarest military adornment – bestowed on the bravest – heroes who risked everything, beyond the call of duty.
“It was on my seventh insertion that I was injured – was shot through both my legs and lost my right hand. Had the opportunity to get out and sign up again — stayed for another six years, ”said Leroy Petry.
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Petry signed up just before 9/11. The attacks changed the course of his service and life. Although he carries the medal of honor near his heart – in his mind are those who brought the ultimate sacrifice and those who still serve.
“I tell my children that my father is retired from the army. The men and women who still serve in uniform are the heroes, ”he said.
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“Any of these guys will say the same thing. I’m the same person I was before I joined the service. Nothing changed, but it is very humiliating to be able to wear this, ”Kelley added.