Video: Valor shown as injured soldier gives 'salute seen around the world'
RNN) – In the ultimate show of courage, valor and respect, one soldier has showed the nation that military pride extends through the most serious of injuries.
U.S. Army Ranger Cpl. Joshua Hargis, a 24-year-old native of Cincinnati, OH, was severely injured when his battalion conducted a mission to obtain a high value target in the southern Afghan district of Pajwai, according to the website Guardian of Valor.
Not much is known about the mission, but Guardian of Valor states that 36 members and a canine unit were a part of the search mission.
Battlefield reports suggest that as troops approached an unarmed man who exited the home of the suspected high-value target, a woman "wearing a suicide vest emerged from the house and blew herself up," killing several members of the unit and the dog, and injuring several others, including Hargis.
The incident occurred on Oct. 6 where four soldiers were killed and 12 others were injured, according to USA Today. Hargis' unit, the 3rd Ranger Battalion, is based out of Fort Benning, GA.
Following the initial explosion, 13 other "improvised explosive devices went off, killing and injuring more U.S. forces" as Army medics approached the scene.
Hargis evacuated from the area and was taken to a military hospital in Afghanistan, where doctors treated and stabilized his injuries in an intensive care unit. His wife Taylor Hargis received notification of his injuries from her husband's commander, and shared Hargis' true valor on her Facebook page with a message.
The message included the photo called the "salute seen around the world." While being presented with a Purple Heart, a very bandaged Hargis still showed the proper respect to his superiors.
Taylor Hargis said the message was "a letter to explain to me what kind of man I have the privilege of being married to."
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