The only person in the country who doesn’t think Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta deserves the Medal of Honor is Giunta himself. But his battlefield exploits in the Korengal Valley of Afghanistan have become an instant legend in military and Veteran circles alike. A recent 60 Minutes interview encapsulated his sincerity and modesty that embodies the term quiet professional, and the excerpts from Sebastian Junger’s War have to be read to be believed. Sergeant Giunta will be awarded the Medal of Honor by President Obama today, making him the first living recipient since the Vietnam War. He joins a short list of men (and one woman) that faced certain death to protect their own.

The Department of Veterans Affairs extends our congratulations to Staff Sergeant Giunta, his family and the men of First Platoon, Battle Company 2/503. You can watch the ceremony at 2PM Eastern time on the cable networks or online at the White House live feed.

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Published on Nov. 16, 2010

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  1. Justin November 16, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    From Destined 4TH PLT, Korengal Valley, We are very proud to have fought for the same ground day in and day out in hell. Best of wishes to you and your family Sky Soldier, the ROCK!

  2. Rob November 16, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    Sal is an epic badass who truly is correct when he states that anyone would have done the same thing. Only difference is, he actually stepped up and did it. What a badass.

  3. Terry Allen Sr November 16, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    Way to go,and good luck from SSG Terry L Allen E Troop 17th Cav 173rd Abn Bdg V N 1971

  4. Robbie Thompson November 16, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    Learn more about Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta at

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