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Obama Bestows Medal of Honor on Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta
« on: November 16, 2010, 07:01:29 PM »
This is a great story!  Quoting from the article...

"(Nov. 16) -- In a White House ceremony today, President Barack Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta for putting his life on the line for fellow soldiers in Afghanistan three years ago. Giunta, of Iowa, becomes the first living recipient of the nation's highest military honor since the Vietnam War."

... And here's a quote of what he did.

"Before Obama hung the distinctive gold star around Giunta's neck, the award's official citation was read aloud. It reads:

Then-Specialist Salvatore A. Giunta distinguished himself by acts of gallantry at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a rifle team leader with Company B, 2d Battalion (Airborne), 503d Infantry Regiment during combat operations against an armed enemy in the Korengal Valley, Afghanistan on October 25, 2007. When an insurgent force ambush split Specialist Giunta's squad into two groups, he exposed himself to enemy fire to pull a comrade back to cover. Later, while engaging the enemy and attempting to link up with the rest of his squad, Specialist Giunta noticed two insurgents carrying away a fellow soldier. He immediately engaged the enemy, killing one and wounding the other, and provided medical aid to his wounded comrade while the rest of his squad caught up and provided security. His courage and leadership while under extreme enemy fire were integral to his platoon's ability to defeat an enemy ambush and recover a fellow American paratrooper from enemy hands."

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