Hero Soldier's Parents Accept Medal of Honor
Teen killed smothering grenade, saving comrades' lives
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 2, 2008 1:41 PM CDT
This undated family photo shows Pfc. Ross McGinnis of Knox, Pa. McGinnis jumped on top of a grenade in Iraq and saved the lives of four of his comrades.   (AP Photo/Family photo via The Oil City Derrick)
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(Newser) – Ross McGinnis, a 19-year-old private who sacrificed his life in Iraq, was awarded the Medal of Honor today in a White House ceremony. Rather than fleeing a grenade an insurgent threw at his Humvee, McGinnis dived on it, saving four other soldiers, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. His son "had no thought of medals," McGinnis' father, Tom, told the Army Times.

"Ross did what he did for his buddies,” said his mother, Romayne. “He did that all his life." McGinnis was the fourth service member to receive the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq. "He was just a normal, ordinary boy who joined the Army,” said his father. “He was asked to do something extraordinary and he did it."