Today’s Review & Outlook feature in the Wall Street Journal featured a tribute to Army Private First Class Ross McGinnis. Yesterday, his family received a posthumous Medal of Honor — only the fourth given to someone serving in this current war — for his bravery and selfless service to his fellow soldiers and to his country.
While he was in the gunner’s hatch of a Humvee, a grenade was thrown through the hatch. Although he was in an opportune place to have jumped and saved himself, he chose, instead, to dive into the Humvee, cover the grenade with his body, and save the lives of the other four men in the vehicle. Those four men were at the White House yesterday for the ceremony, along with Mr. McGinnis’ parents.
The story moved me to tears, and while it is such a frustratingly small thing for me to do in the face of such humbling self-sacrifice, I wanted to share the story here. You can read the brief article yourself here: “A Man in Full.” I do not think a WSJ subscription is required.
May we all continue to pray, as did our Lord and Savior, “Father, your Kingdom come.” And, too, may we be reminded that until that prophesied time comes when no one will “hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain” (Isa. 11:9) any one of us may be asked to give our all for others — as did Ross McGinnis.