Meet Josh Hargis.  All alone Josh has managed to re-instill a sense of real American patriotism in a country that needs it more than ever.

Last week during an attack in Afghanistan, US Army Ranger Josh Hargis was severely wounded along with four other members of his squad.  And though Josh carried out his duties as all of our heroes do, it wasn't his actions on the battlefield that have earned him national attention, but it was what happened as he lay in his hospital bed that have moved us all.

His commander sent his wife, Taylor, a letter, which she posted on her Facebook page.

The commanding officer went to the military hospital to give Hargis a Purple Heart, and as he pinned the medal to Josh's chest, Josh struggled with hospital attendants who were trying to restrain him to prevent further injury, and managed to to raise his arm in a respectful, patriotic military salute.

The photo above of Hargis' salute was also sent to Taylor, and after going viral after her posting on Facebook, has been called the "salute seen around the world."

In the letter, Hargis' commanding officer wrote, in part:

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.

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 picture, which we believe belongs on every news channel and every news paper is attached. I have it hanging above my desk now and will remember it as the single greatest event I have witnessed in my ten years in the Army.”

Get well soon Josh so that "we" can salute "YOU."

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