Nightly News   |  October 15, 2013

Wounded soldier struggles to salute

It was assumed that Army Ranger Josh Hargis was unconscious during his Purple Heart ceremony in the hospital, but then he raised his arm in salute. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

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>>> we also wanted to show you another photo of another heroic american service member that is getting a lot of circulation and comment on the web. it is a photo of army ranger josh hargiss, wounded last week in the attack in afghanistan that killed four members of his unit. he is being awarded the purple heart in the hospitals of this photo, a ceremony his commander thought he was unconscious for, until he started to raise his hand in a salute. he struggled to raise his arm with his doctors and his tubing, but he succeeded. the commander sent a picture to his wife, saying that grown men went at the sight, adding it was the most beautiful salute he had ever witnessed.