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This story is worth retelling. SSGT. Giunta is the first living soldier to earn the Medal since the Vietnam War. On 25 October 2007, SSGT. Giunta’s squad was ambushed while patrolling in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley. While under fire, he pulled another squad member back to cover; thus saving his life, and then he provided medical aid to another wounded soldier who had been wounded while the enemy was attempting to take him. SSGT. Giunta was serving with 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team’s Company B, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment at the time of the engagement.
President Obama will present the Medal of Honor to SSGT. Salvatore Giunta on 16 November 2010.
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