A wounded soldier awakened in the hospital to make the salute seen 'round the world.

Cpl. Joshua Hargis, hospitalized with serious wounds after a suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan, was thought to be unconscious while being awarded the Purple Heart by his commander, but as the metal was being pinned to his blanket, he struggled to raise his hand in a salute.

According to nbcnews.com:

The commander sent a picture along with a letter about the incident to Hargis’ wife, Taylor, writing that "grown men began to weep" at the sight of the salute.

Hargis was wounded Oct. 6 when an Afghan woman detonated a suicide bomb vest, killing four members of his 3rd Army Ranger Battalion and wounding 12 other American soldiers.

The touching photo is courtesy of Taylor Hargis on her facebook page.