The wounded soldier who delivered what has been called "The salute seen around the world" is expected to be hospitalized in San Antonio.
U.S. Army Ranger Cpl. Josh Hargis, 24, was wounded in Afghanistan on Oct. 6 by a suicide bomber.
He was taken to a nearby military hospital and his wounds required him to be heavily bandaged and hooked up to a breathing tube.
Cincinnati.com reported Cpl. Hargis underwent surgery and when he returned to his room, his commanding officer wanted to present him with the Purple Heart.
No one expected a response from Hargis, but as the presentation began, Hargis struggled and lifted his right hand into a saluting position.
The commanding officer said the salute left everyone in the room in tears. The photo was posted online and has quickly gone viral.
Hargis is currently being transferred to San Antonio. Cincinnati.com reported since the photo was taken, Hargis' breathing tube has been removed and he has exchanged phone calls with his wife.