Salvatore Giunta

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Obama Honors a Hero: 'I Really Like This Guy'

Salvatore Giunta receives the Medal of Honor

(Newser) - The nation got a certified new hero today: staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta, who became the first living recipient of the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War. In presenting it today, President Obama paused to go off script. "I really like this guy," he said to laughter and... More »

Medal of Honor Recipient: It's 'Bittersweet'

Afghan war hero says he's 'mediocre,' misses slain comrades

(Newser) - Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta has mixed feelings about the Medal of Honor he’s been awarded —the first such designation for a living soldier since Vietnam. Speaking to reporters by video link from Italy, the 25-year-old called the medal “bittersweet.” He said he feels he can’t... More »

Rarity: Living Soldier Will Get Medal of Honor

Obama to honor soldier's bravery in Afghan firefight

(Newser) - A young Army specialist who ran through enemy fire in Afghanistan to rescue wounded soldiers will get the Medal of Honor for his bravery, reports the Washington Post . Salvatore Giunta, now a 25-year-old sergeant, will be the first living recipient since the Vietnam War. The US has awarded six medals... More »

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