Medal of Honor recipient Spc. Ross McGinnis, who was killed Dec. 4, 2006 in Iraq when he covered a grenade with his body saving the lives of four soldiers, will be honored June 12 at 5 p.m. at the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center at Patriot Park.
McGinnis, posthumously promoted to specialist, trained to be an Infantryman on Sand Hill with 1st Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment. While in Iraq, he was assigned to 1st Platoon, C Company, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Brigade, 1st Infantry Division.
While conducting combat operations in Adhamiyah, Northeast Baghdad on Dec. 4, 2006, McGinnis was providing rear security with an M-2, .50-caliber machine gun in a humvee. During a fire fight, an insurgent threw a fragmentation grenade into the gunner’s hatch of the vehicle.
McGinnis alerted his crew to prepare for the grenade’s blast and then made the decision to protect his crew by pinning the live grenade between his body and the vehicle, absorbing most of the explosion. He directly saved four men from certain serious injury or death because of this selfless act that cost him his life, according to the Medal of Honor citation.
A plaque in memory of McGinnis will be unveiled during the celebration and placed on the museum wall.
Guests expected to be at the June 12 celebration will include McGinnis’ parents, Tom and Romayne McGinnis; other family members; friends; and members of his unit, including three of the soldiers whose lives he saved, according to Fort Benning public affairs.