A poignant ‘salute seen round the world’



An Army Ranger’s commander says “grown men began to weep” when a seriously wounded, apparently unconscious soldier saluted as he was presented a Purple Heart in his Afghan military hospital bed. 

The right hand of Col. Josh Hargis, injured when an Afghan woman suicide bomber attacked the 3rd Army Ranger Battalion, was heavily bandaged. “Despite his wounds, wrappings, tubes and pain, Josh fought the doctor who was trying to restrain his right arm,”  Hargis’ commanding officer wrote to his wife, Taylor.

“Grown men began to weep” when he saluted, said his commander, who attached the picture to his email. It was “the single greatest event I have witnessed in my ten years in the Army.”

Taylor Hargis posted the picture on Facebook, and it was picked up by the Guardian of Valor, which called the photo as it goes viral “the salute seen around the world.”

The story was first reported by the Cincinnati Enquirer.