U.S Army Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta is the first living hero from the Afghanistan War – the longest war in U.S. history – to receive the nation’s highest symbol for valor, the Medal of Honor.
President Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to Guinta at a White House ceremony on November 16. Guinta is honored for his brave actions during a 2007 Taliban attack that killed two of his fellow soldiers. Obama said that Guinta “embodied the warrior ethos that says I will never leave a comrade. This medal is a testament to his uncommon valor, but also the parents and community that raised him.”
Guinta is the first living recipient of the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War. Of the 247 Medals of Honor awarded for action in Vietnam, only three were living recipients. Guinta’s Medal of Honor is the tenth since that war. The other nine Medals of Honor include the Afghanistan War, Operation Iraqi Freedom and the mission in Somalia.
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