The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
*McGinnis, Ross A.
Rank and organization:
Private First Class, U.S. Army, Company C, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry
Regiment, 3d Brigade, 3d
Infantry Division. Place
and Date: Baghdad, Iraq, 4 December 2006.
Entered Service at: Knox, Pennsylvania.
Born: 14 June 1987, Meadville, Pennsylvania
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above
and beyond the call of duty: Private First Class Ross A. McGinnis
distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity above and
beyond the call of duty while serving as an M2 .50-caliber Machine
Gunner, 1st Platoon, C Company, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment,
in connection with combat operations against an armed enemy in Adhamiyah,
Northeast Baghdad, Iraq, on 4 December 2006. That afternoon his platoon
was conducting combat control operations in an effort to reduce and
control sectarian violence in the area. While Private McGinnis was
manning the M2 .50-caliber Machine Gun, a fragmentation grenade thrown
by an insurgent fell through the gunner's hatch into his vehicle.
Reacting quickly, he yelled "grenade," allowing all four
members of his crew to prepare for the grenade's blast. Then, rather
than leaping from the gunner's hatch to safety, Private McGinnis made
the courageous decision to protect his crew. In a selfless act of
bravery, in which he was mortally wounded, Private McGinnis covered the
live grenade, pinning it between his body and the vehicle and absorbing
most of the explosion. Private McGinnis' gallant action directly saved
four men from certain serious injury or death. Private First Class
McGinnis' extraordinary heroism and selflessness at the cost of his own
life, above and beyond the call of duty, are in keeping with the highest
traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon
himself, his unit, and the United States Army.