Published: Oct 16, 2013 7:17 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla.-A soldier from Ohio, injured in Afghanistan last week, has received a purple heart for his sacrifice, but it's
a picture of the medal ceremony for him that's spreading across the world.

It's said that a picture is worth a thousand words.  The one of injured Army Ranger Josh Hargis has been coined as the "Salute Seen Around the World."

"He's a lovely, lovely child, a lovely person filled with honor, valor and courage," his father, Jim Hargis, said.

The 24 year old lost both of his legs in an explosion while with his unit, the 3rd Ranger Batallion last week while searching a building for a target.  Four of his fellow soldiers died in that attack.

Josh's Commander came to see him in the hospital to present him the purple heart, and what happened after has the internet buzzing.  The Commander sent his wife, a Fort Myers native, the picture with a letter that reads in part, "Despite his wounds, wrappings, tubes, and pain, Josh fought the doctor who was trying to restrain his right arm and rendered the most beautiful salute any person in that room had ever seen."

Hargis was on his way back to the states Tuesday night headed for a military hospital in San Antonio, Texas.  Josh's sister is also in the army, serving as a field medic stationed near San Antonio.  Josh and his wife Taylor are said to be expecting their first child.