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TODAY   |  October 16, 2013

Photo of wounded soldier’s salute goes viral

NBC’s Tamron Hall shows a viral image of Army Ranger Cpl. Josh Hargis saluting his commander while in a bed at a military hospital.

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>> the orange room for carson.

>> they're calling it the salute heard around the world. this is 24-year-old josh. he is in the hospital fighting for his life after a brutal attack in afghanistan but i want you to look closer. there's a purple heart pinned on to his blanket. his commander had gone there to give him the great honor and in the midst of all the emotion, josh struggled past doctors and gave this salute. the commander said it was the single greatest event of his ten-year army career. the photograph was eventually given to his wife taylor. by the way, his mom told a local tv station they're expecting their first child. taylor put it on her facebook page with this entry. please continue to share josh's story. thank you to all who have and are reaching out and helping us through this. the world should know what is happening overseas. the world should know what true heros and warriors we are. fast forward to yesterday -- go back in time to yesterday, this is william swenson, he is an army captain . the first since the vietnam war to receive the medal of honor from president obama in the east room . guys i get emotional. natalie, your dad was in the air force . my dad was in the army for 30 years. we talk about being proud to be an american and this hits home to all of us. on top of all that he has gone through, this captain now wants to return to active duty. so again, i say, proud to be an american when you see something like this on this morning it just fills your heart, guys.

>> yeah.

>> two wonderful photos, tamron. thank