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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 062-11
July 06, 2011

Medal of Honor Recipient Inducted Into Hall of Heroes

             The U.S. Army will induct Sgt. 1st Class Leroy A. Petry into the Pentagon’s Hall of Heroes in a July 13 ceremony at 2 p.m.

            General Martin E. Dempsey, the 37th Army Chief of Staff, will add Petry’s name to the distinguished roster in the Hall of Heroes, the Defense Department's permanent display of record for all recipients of the Medal of Honor.  Also serving as the official party for the ceremony are the Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta, Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh, commander U.S. Special Operations Command Admiral Eric T. Olson and Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III.

             Immediately following the ceremony members of the media are invited to a press conference with Sgt. 1st Class Petry in the Pentagon Press Briefing room (2E973) for a question and answer session.  Interested media should contact Army public affairs at 703-697-5662 or 703-693-5084 no later than Friday, July 8. 

             Journalists without a Pentagon building pass will need to enter either the Metro Entrance or the River Entrance and will require a Pentagon escort.  Plan to arrive no later than 45 minutes prior to the event, have proof of affiliation and two forms of photo identification.

             The President will present the Medal of Honor to Sgt. 1st Class Petry in a White House ceremony on Tuesday, July 12 in recognition of his valor during Operation Enduring Freedom.  Interested media should contact White House Office of Media Affairs at 202-456-6238.

Visit:  http://www.army.mil/medalofhonor/  for more information on the Medal of Honor. 

NOTE:  For Pentagon media escort please RSVP to:
Mr. Troy Rolan at 703-697-5662 / troy.rolan@conus.army.mll, LTC Laurel Devine at 703-693-5084 / laurel.hubred@conus.army.mil or Mr. Wayne Hall at 703-697-2163 / wayne.v.hall@us.army.mil

 *Broadcast equipment/news setup no later than 1:30 p.m.