PHOTO: Critically wounded Army Ranger’s salute moves the room to tears

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In the midst of all the chaos in Washington D.C., Glenn took the time to share an incredible story that puts everything in perspective.

Wounded, bandaged and hooked up to tubes in an intensive care unit after an improvised explosive devices went off during a mission in Afghanistan to capture a high value target, U.S. Army Ranger and Purple Heart recipient, Josh Hargis, was thought to be unconscious, but when he heard his commander’s voice, he addressed him with the iconic symbol of respect: a salute.

“Hargis’ commander just sent a letter to his wife along with a picture, and he said every newspaper and every television station should have this picture and tell this story, and it should be on the front page,” Glenn said. “That’s why it is on our television, if you are watching TheBlaze TV right now, and why I’m telling you the story on radio and why it is on the front page of TheBlaze.com.”

Image source: Taylor Hargis/Facebook

TheBlaze reports:

Before being transferred from Afghanistan to Germany where he would make his flight back to America, Hargis had a Purple Heart pinned on to his blanket in a ceremony, which included other Rangers, doctors and nurses at his bedside.

“During the presentation the [Ranger Regimental] Commander publishes the official orders verbally and leaned over Josh to thank him for his sacrifice. 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,” the letter read. ”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.”

In this emotional moment, “grown men began to weep and we were speechless at a gesture that speak volumes about Josh’s courage and character,” the letter continued. “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 10 years in the Army.”

“These guys have so much honor in them. The guys who are on the front lines have so much honor, so much decency,” Glenn said. “Is there anybody with some medal on their shoulders that sees what’s going on [today] and looks at that picture and says, ‘That’s what this is about. This is about honor and integrity and decency.’ And what we have going on now is not about honor. You can’t just sit here. You can’t just let this slip away. This is your country. You took a vow and an oath to defend it and its Constitution… What are we doing? We’re disconnecting from reality and closing our eyes and hoping that it will all go away, but it won’t.”

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91J4PAda3EA Sam Fisher

    Respect the people that fight for our freedom.

  • Anonymous

    With all the so called “heroes” out there for kids to look up to: Athletes, Actor/Actresses, Politicians, etc… there are among us, REAL heroes- this is one.

  • Anonymous

    Ranger, All the way!

  • Anonymous

    Yes, the world saw that picture! Is it any wonder why the world is laughing at the president? Here’s the true pride of America, a soldier who is the epitome of heroism. Can we see this picture on every news channel?

  • Steve Mahanes

    A true HERO !!!! Now , if a General , any general , would walk into the presidents office , lay his stars on the desk , tell him he was ashamed of the presidents actions and lack of respect for our service men and women , tell him how our military has no place being used as political pawns , and walk out to tell the media what he had just done then I would believe that this country has a faint hope of not being totally flushed down the toilet by a bunch of self serving , lying , liberal ( read : progressive ) politicians , both Dem and Rep !!! This is no longer the country I grew up in and proudly served for 6 years . Josh Hargis and many others like him are the only reason that the above mentioned politicians have the right to be the assholes they are . Time for their payback ! God bless you Josh !!!!

  • Draxx

    Having served myself in the Army, I have lost too many friends that I never got to see a salute from again… (not all of them have died physically, but some are dead mentally)! One of the toughest guys I knew as a teenager, just sits in his recliner and I haven’t heard a word from him in over 18 years! He just sits there watching the TV grumbling and shaking his head oblivious to the world that surrounds him… Now his wife just sits at the dinner table drinking tea and grumbling her frustrations about her husband (if she even sees him as that anymore). I check up on them occassionally, but I don’t think they even care if I come around anymore! He has a Purple Heart along with his other Medals, but that doesn’t matter to my friend the Silent Soldier/Hero…

  • Fire wolf

    Heal up soldier !and get ready for another deployment because Dick Cheney needs another war to profit off of .

  • Anonymous

    Does not matter where this picture has or will be posted! Made it to the most important place for me. IN MY HEART!!!
    Semper Fi and God be with you soldier.

  • Solodon

    and to think, he fights for your right to say stupid things….

  • Jamie Miranda

    I am a proud wife of an Army Soldier. You cannot imagine the integrity of most of our guys. I wish the president had even a small portion of that kind of brave, commitment to the American ideal that our Soldiers have.

  • Anonymous

    liberal puzzies will never get this man’s love for a nation they are destroying;;I will honor him every time I snuff a lib.

  • Anonymous

    May God touch him and heal his wounds, and may God bless him and give his family peace and comfort in this difficult time.

  • Anonymous

    the civil war has begun.

  • Anonymous

    the confederate army won the battle at Manassas , could have stormed Washington DC and stopped;; it won’t happen this time.

  • Anonymous

    How gross of a pasty fat dandy like Glenn Beck to exploit this American hero!

  • Anonymous

    This is a young man everyone should emulate. What a brave hero…. May God be with him and his family.

  • Anonymous

    Amen. I believe all of America is ready to make some changes. Getting obama out is just one of the changes…

  • Anonymous

    Ditto ! There is nothing more I can add to this. You covered it all. God Bless Josh and God bless what’s left of America !

  • Anonymous

    talking is over;; it is time to walk the walk.

  • Anonymous

    you mother fuc6666ker is why you will wish your wise ass666 could be living some where else soon. the fuse has BEEN LIT.

  • Anonymous

    LAUGHING AT THIS malcontent is not the issue;; YOUR LIFE IS AT STAKE ;;;;;;;LOCK AND LOAD; THE FUSE IS LIT

  • Anonymous

    THESE morons have brought us here and now it is time to take them to HELL.

  • mspatdev

    Amen…impeach the dictator in the w/h. He is destroying this country. He hates this country. He has ever since he has set foot on it. When he went to Columbus and Harvard. He was not a professor, this was made up by the rag media.

  • mspatdev

    Go to the following information and you will see how much obammy hates this country. http://Youtu.be/KbcLyEJvt48

  • chadwick

    My uncle, a Vietnam vet (2 purple hearts) who lives in Canada just asked me Saturday night what happened to the Constitution? He wanted to know why A country he fought for was turning their backs once again on veterans with the gov’t slow down. We need as a country to survive stand up everyday as if we were in a battle not only for our freedom but for our lives. The left only understands emotion, facts just bounce off of them, touch their hearts with these stories such as Josh’s and lets start bringing honor, principle and integrity back to this country…..Thank you to the serving and the ones who have served.

  • americanmade

    Glenn is not exploiting this American hero, he is honoring him.

  • Randy

    To randypants from a MAN named Randy. If not for Glenn Beck America NEVER would have seen this story. Apparently You know nothing about Military Service (and from your comment YOU NEVER WILL U PU–Y) because if you were even a smidgen of a man you would know that this soldier DID the most HONORABLE thing a SOLDIER could ever do is to (regardless of his situation) HE SALUTED HIS SUPERIOR OFFICER UPON RECOGNITION OF HIS VOICE. This soldier must really think a lot of his commanding Officer to respond the way he did. Quit being A Momma’s boy and GROW UP. I Bet the best half of you ran down your daddy’s leg. Then again that would be speculation on my part that there was a good half of You.

  • Randy

    I LOVE THE CONSTITUTION AS MUCH OR MORE THAN YOU DO. NOBODY NEEDS TO HEAR YOUR PROBLEMS WITH SNUFF. IF YOU HAVE A PROBLEM WITH SNUFF QUIT DIPPING!!!!!!!! Read my response to randypants and you will see just how much I Love My Country. You are a Fool for putting in writing the things you do. Because of the things you write YOU give fuel to the LEFT that God fearing CONSTITUTION LOVING Americans are WACKOS.

  • Anonymous

    Everything Beck does is cheezy hocus pocus, he’s a dandified former coke head who had no problem filling his throat with cock to pay for drugs in the past. So I am wary whenever Beck exploits people in the military, sick children, the poor, hurricane victims, etc. Its all part of his disingenuous bullshit, which is why his exploitation of the Ranger is offensive.

    Apparently it gave Randy a raging boner though

  • https://twitter.com/#!/zerses Moirrainefortruth

    God Bless this young man to become a leader. Army Rangers need to be the honorable in a sea of dishonor. Always.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/zerses Moirrainefortruth

    Oh, really? What is reporting then to you? Ignoring the story altogether if you are ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, CNN or even at times Fox News? Is that what you call reporting – no story?
    .
    You need an empathy check.

  • americanmade

    I hardly know how to respond to such a hate filled rant. Let me try.

    First of all. people change. Glenn has turned around his life through a relationship with his God. I do not share his Norman Faith. However, His faith in God has had a profound impact on his life.

    Your definition of “exploit” must be far different from mine. Helping people in need is not exploiting them. It is loving them. Bringing the inspiring story of a severely injured soldier to the attention of a thankful nation is not exploiting him. It is honoring him. Raising millions of dollars to aid victims Hurricane Sandy is not exploitation. It is compassion.

    Glenn has events around the country to raise money for his foundation. He then uses the money from these events to fully finance the distribution of aid to the people and communities in need. When contributions come into his foundation for disaster relief , 100% of that money goes to that cause. This is not exploitation, it is compassion.

    If Glenn used people in need to gain fame and wealth, then that would be exploitation. Instead, he used his fame and wealth to help those in need and to bring much deserved attention to stories that the mainstream press misses or ignores. That is compassion. That is love. That is what Glenn does for others because God first loved him.

  • amerigirl

    I am sickened at how this administration (previous admins too) and our career congressmen have brought this country to its knees. I am sickened at how this administration and congress treat veterans and hard working AMERICANS. if the media only told the truth and facts, most Americans would be horrified and worried as hell!

  • Anonymous

    These are the men that Obama want to inflict pain to get his way… withholding checks from their wives. Barry O is despicable.

  • Josie

    This is reminder of what America is made of. We just have to recognize it and remember what it means to be American. God Bless this soldier, his family and his buddies. My prayers that he makes a full and speedy recovery.

  • bull57

    I would be proud have this young man as my son. Obama prefers Travon Martin as a son!!!

  • bull57

    This young mans action of saluting is showing respect for his country. He doesn’t know all the reasons why he is there fighting, but he is there doing his duty. It would be nice that the president would also have this much respect!

  • Anonymous

    my dad a Vietnam vet. retired from aerospace industry. he’s very disappointed with the way this country is going. i just want to thank all the men &women in the arm forces here and abroad for serving. this country. and all the vets. who defended our freedoms.

  • Cuffs

    And Barry couldn’t even salute a Marine standing guard at the presidential helicopter! God bless this soldier and may all Americans honor his service and patriotism.