Fort Knox is dedicating a memorial to a 19-year-old soldier who died in Iraq in 2006 and posthumously received the Medal of Honor. The memorial display in honor of Spc. Ross A. McGinnis will be unveiled and dedicated at the central Kentucky post at 1:30 p.m. EST on Dec. 7.
McGinnis, of Knox, Pa., belonged to Company C, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, attached to the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division.
According to military accounts from his fellow soldiers, McGinnis was credited with warning them of a grenade that was thrown inside their truck then covering the grenade to protect the soldiers from the blast. McGinnis was killed instantly.