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living MOH recipient Salvatore Giunta

Post by S7 Coolhand on Fri Sep 10, 2010 3:39 pm

He's now a Staff Sergeant and Medal of Honor recipient - he's the first living MOH hero since Vietnam.
Then a Specialist in the Army's 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, he charged into Taliban fire to rescue a comrade, pulling him back to cover, then he rescued another paratrooper who was being carried off by the enemy by engaging them and administering first aid.
http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2010/09/10/readout-presidents-call-with-specialist-salvatore-giunta

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Re: living MOH recipient Salvatore Giunta

Post by S7 Coolhand on Fri Sep 10, 2010 3:50 pm

New York Times wrote:In the most dangerous valley of the most rugged corner of eastern Afghanistan, a small rifle team of airborne soldiers fell into a vicious insurgent ambush, a coordinated attack from three sides.

A young Army specialist, Salvatore A. Giunta, took a bullet to the chest but was saved by the heavy plates of his body armor. Shaking off the punch from the insurgent round, he jumped up and pulled two wounded soldiers to safety before grabbing hand grenades and running up the trail to where his squad mates had been on foot patrol.

There, he saw a chilling image: Two insurgents hauling one of his American comrades into the forest. Specialist Giunta hurled his grenades and emptied the clip in his automatic rifle, forcing the insurgents to drop the wounded soldier. Still taking fire, he provided cover and comfort to his badly wounded teammate until help arrived.
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/11/world/asia/11medal.html

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Re: living MOH recipient Salvatore Giunta

Post by S7 Vision67 on Fri Sep 10, 2010 4:13 pm

That's bad ass. Single handedly holding down a position?

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Re: living MOH recipient Salvatore Giunta

Post by S7 Nate on Fri Sep 10, 2010 4:22 pm

Thats awesome dude. I have sooo much respect for these extraordinary human beings. Its sad that alot of MOH's are given posthumously.

last drill I was blessed with the opportunity of meeting MOH recipient 1SG McNerny in person. Our pilots gave him a ride in an Apache. He is about to die from cancer.

Anyways i got a coin from him, and i have to say it trumps ALL other coins i have ever gotten, even 3 star generals.


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Re: living MOH recipient Salvatore Giunta

Post by S7 Sticky on Fri Sep 10, 2010 4:32 pm

that guy is freakin\' EPIC WIN

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Re: living MOH recipient Salvatore Giunta

Post by Air7Cav on Sat Sep 11, 2010 10:44 am

Inspiring and well deserved. I have met several MOH winners in my life also and was always proud to have met them. To include Chief Novosel, who you'll learn more about when you get to flight school Tico.

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