Longview Connection To Medal Of Honor Winner

President Bush has awarded the Medal of Honor to a 19-year-old soldier who died after jumping on a grenade to save the lives of four comrades in Iraq.

At a White House ceremony, Bush said that Army Private First Class Ross McGinnis "gave all for his country" when he jumped on the grenade that landed in his Humvee during a patrol in December 2006.

One of the lives he saved was that of Sgt. 1st Class Cedric Thomas, who is from Longview, and was the platoon segeant in McGinnis' company.

The four other soldiers who were in the Humvee attended today's ceremony, along with McGinnis' parents and his two sisters.

Bush says the teenage soldier was a dependable friend with a carefree spirit. He also notes that only those in McGinnis family "can know the true weight of their loss."

During the ceremony, Bush gave the soldier's mother a smile and later a kiss on the cheek.

Information courtesy of the AP.