Wounded soldier's salute becomes Internet sensation

Published On: Oct 16 2013 03:42:25 AM HST

via Taylor Hargis


A photo of a Cincinnati native wounded during an operation in Afghanistan this month is showing up all over the Internet.

According to his wife's Oct. 12 Facebook post and a post on Guardians of Valor, Army Ranger Josh Hargis was seriously wounded the week before during a capture operation when a woman detonated a suicide vest. Four members of his team were killed.

Taylor Hargis said that she got a note and a photo from Hargis' commander that described what happened when he was giving her husband a Purple Heart at the hospital where Hargis was being treated.

"Josh, whom everybody in the room (over 50 people) assumed to be unconscious, began to move his right arm under the blanket in a diligent effort to salute the Commander as is customary during these ceremonies. Despite his wounds, wrappings, tubes, and pain, Josh fought the doctor who was trying to restrain his right arm and rendered the most beautiful salute any person in that room had ever seen," the note read.

The photo shows Hargis, his arm bandaged and a breathing tube in his throat, saluting someone out of frame.

"I cannot impart on you the level of emotion that poured through the intensive care unit that day. Grown men began to weep and we were speechless at a gesture that speak volumes about Josh’s courage and character," the note read, Taylor Hargis said.

Josh Hargis' Facebook page indicates he is a 2007 Dater High School graduate and attended the University of Cincinnati.

Hargis has since been transferred to a hospital in Germany, then to San Antonio, Tex. for treatment. His wife's post has been shared more than 3,700 times so far.


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