On August 27, at the Little League World series pre-game ceremonies, Williamsport recruiting station will assist in honoring a past little league player and Medal of Honor recipient, Spec. Ross McGinnis. The event is scheduled to be carried by ESPN and its affiliates.
McGinnis grew up in Knox, Pa and enlisted at the Clarion recruiting station. He entered the Delayed Entry Program June 14, 2004.
According to the official report, on the afternoon of Dec. 4, 2006, McGinnis’ platoon was on mounted patrol in Adhamiyah to restrict enemy movement and quell sectarian violence. During the course of the patrol, an unidentified insurgent positioned on a rooftop nearby threw a fragmentation grenade into the Humvee. Without hesitation or regard for his own life, McGinnis threw his back over the grenade, pinning it between his body and the Humvee’s radio mount. McGinnis absorbed all lethal fragments and the concussive effects of the grenade with his own body. McGinnis, who was a private first class at the time, was posthumously promoted to specialist.
McGinnis will be enshrined in the Little League’s Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum Hall of Excellence. The Hall of Excellence was established to recognize Little League graduates who have become outstanding citizens and role models as adults. This is the highest honor the Little League can bestow.
Also assisting in the enshrinement will be U.S. Army Retired General Tommy Franks.