Medal of Honor Recipient and War Veteran Continues his Support of Veterans as a Board Member for the New Retreat for Wounded Military and their Families
November 5, 2015 (Bluemont, Va.) Boulder Crest Retreat for Military and Veteran Wellness, (www.bouldercrestretreat.org), a rural retreat for wounded warriors and their families, names recently retired U.S. Army Ranger and Medal of Honor Recipient, Leroy Petry, to its Honorary Advisory Board. Petry’s personal experience, insight and dedication to supporting veterans will complement the work and mission of the retreat that provides combat stress recovery programs and recreational activities for wounded military and their families, all free of charge.
“I am honored by Leroy’s selfless service and heroism to our great nation,” said Ken Falke, chairman and founder of Boulder Crest Retreat. “It is guys like Leroy Petry that drove me to enlist in the U.S. Navy after high school and spend the rest of my life serving the veteran community. We are honored and very pleased to have Leroy join the retreat’s Honorary Board.”
On May 26, 2008, Leroy A. Petry distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty in action with an armed enemy in the vicinity of Paktya Province, Afghanistan. As a Weapons Squad Leader with D Company, 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Staff Sergeant Petry moved to clear the courtyard of a house that potentially contained high-value combatants. While crossing the courtyard, Staff Sergeant Petry and another Ranger were engaged and wounded by automatic weapons fire from enemy fighters. Still under enemy fire, and wounded in both legs, Staff Sergeant Petry led the other Ranger to cover. He then reported the situation and engaged the enemy with a hand grenade, providing suppression as another Ranger moved to his position. The enemy quickly responded by maneuvering closer and throwing grenades. The first grenade explosion knocked his two fellow Rangers to the ground and wounded both with shrapnel. A second grenade then landed only a few feet away from them. Instantly realizing the danger, Staff Sergeant Petry, unhesitatingly and with complete disregard for his safety, deliberately and selflessly moved forward, picked up the grenade, and in an effort to clear the immediate threat, threw the grenade away from his fellow Rangers. As he was releasing the grenade it detonated, amputating his right hand at the wrist and further injuring him with multiple shrapnel wounds. Although picking up and throwing the live grenade grievously wounded Staff Sergeant Petry, his gallant act undeniably saved his fellow Rangers from being severely wounded or killed. Despite the severity of his wounds, Staff Sergeant Petry continued to maintain the presence of mind to place a tourniquet on his right wrist before communicating the situation by radio in order to coordinate support for himself and his fellow wounded Rangers.
“Supporting our wounded veterans and their families is a top priority for me. Boulder Crest Retreat is a first-class facility and I am honored by what Ken and his wife Julia and their staff do every day to make others service and sacrifice so meaningful,” said Leroy Petry.
Boulder Crest Retreat, located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Bluemont, Va., is built on 37-acres of land donated its founder, Ken Falke, a retired U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) technician and Master Chief Petty Officer and his wife, Julia. This nonprofit facility will offer free accommodations and combat stress recovery programs and recreational activities to troops, veterans and their family members.
Petry joins the Honorary Advisory board for Boulder Crest Retreat in addition to former Secretary of the Navy, John Lehman; two former Chairmans of the Joint Chief of Staff, General (ret) Henry “Hugh” Shelton, USA and General (ret) Peter Pace, USMC; Admiral (ret) William J. Fallon, USN; General (ret) Norton Schwartz and former NFL Superstar, Rocky Bleier.