By Katie Lange, DOD: Medal of Honor Monday: Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta
In 2010, Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta became the first living Medal of Honor recipient in nearly 40 years.
Those who receive the coveted honor usually say their teammates share in the honor, and Giunta was no exception. In fact, he recently gave the medal to the brigade with whom he served, saying it belonged to all of them.
Salvatore Augustine Giunta (/ˌsælvəˈtɔːreɪ ˈdʒʊntə/; born 21 January 1985) is a former United States Army soldier and the first living person since the Vietnam War to receive the U.S. military’s highest decoration for valor, the Medal of Honor. Giunta was cited for saving the lives of members of his squad on 25 October 2007 during the War in Afghanistan. He left the U.S. Army in June 2011.
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