Medal of Honour Award

Specialist Salvatore A. Giunta distinguished himself conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty in action with an armed enemy in the Korengal Valley, Afghanistan, on October 25, 2007. While conducting a patrol as team leader with Company B, 2d Battalion (Airborne), 503d Infantry Regiment, Specialist Giunta and his team were navigating through harsh terrain when they were ambushed by a well-armed and well-coordinated insurgent force. While under heavy enemy fire, Specialist Giunta immediately sprinted towards cover and engaged the enemy. Seeing that his squad leader had fallen and believing that he had been injured, Specialist Giunta exposed himself to withering enemy fire and raced towards his squad leader, helped him to cover, and administered medical aid. While administering first aid, enemy fire struck Specialist Giunta
Well done fella.
Is this the first instance of a MoH recipient appearing in a film (Restrepo) before the award is made?
Looks like Staff Sergeant Giunta has decided that he's done his bit. Can't say that I blame him. Hope he lives to a ripe old age.

173rd says 'Goodbye' SSG Giunta, MoH recipient - War On Terror News

03.08.2011 VICENZA, Italy - More than five months after the announcement that he would be the nation’s first living Medal of Honor recipient from the current war in Afghanistan and more than three years after his heroic actions in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley earned him the military’s highest decoration for valor, Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta said farewell in a ceremony here, March 7.

“Lately I’ve been able to stand up front of a lot of people and say a whole lot of things. But to stand up in this room today and to know the 173rd has been my family for the last seven years and Battle Company has been my home, it really means the world to me to be able to stand here among the people that I’m so privileged to serve with,” Giunta said.
I read an article here (my side of pond) recently indicating that he had already decided to leave after his enlistment before he was involved in the the action that earned him the medal. He said that he and the wife had agreed that he should go back to university and get a degree.

Best of luck to this man in whatever he chooses to do.

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