PHOTO: Wounded Soldier Salutes From Hospital Bed As He's Awarded Purple Heart

(WBBH) They say a picture is worth a thousand words.

For one Fort Myers, Florida native a picture of her husband injured in Afghanistan says much more.

"I'm a proud wife of an Army Ranger... and he is strong and he is the epitome of what a man and an American and a soldier are," said Taylor Hargis about her husband, Corporal Josh Hargis, who is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio.

Injured in action, lying in a hospital bed in Afghanistan and lucky to be alive, Cpl. Hargis' commander placed a Purple Heart on his blanket. In a letter to Hargis' wife, that's when the soldier's commander says he saw the most amazing thing he has seen in his 10 years in the Army.

"When the commander leaned over to thank him for his service and his sacrifice, my husband, who everyone thought was unconscious, raised his hand to salute him," Taylor said.

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