Profiles of Valor: U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta

Way to go AIRBORNE!

United States Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta will become the first living service member to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The White House described Giunta’s actions:

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.

Giunta himself was shot in the chest, though his ballistic vest prevented injury, and another bullet disabled the weapon on his back. Unfortunately, Sgt. John Brennan, the first soldier Giunta saved, did not survive surgery. They were best friends. No date has been set for the award ceremony, but we offer our sincerest thanks for Giunta’s service.

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4 Responses to “Profiles of Valor: U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta”

  1. mainenowandthen Says:

    A heartfelt salute to this distinguished young man, and sincere thanks for his service in our behalf.

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  3. Chuck Says:

    After working in and with our military for over 23 years, I am still amazed and humbled by the selfless courage of our warriors. When I read things like this I always think of a line from a poem I once read:

    “History writes with the blood of men, who stood to face the sulfur wind…”

    God bless SSGT Giunta and all the men and women who wear the cloth of our nation.

  4. Patrick Sperry Says:

    Amen Chuck.

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