First Living Soldier Since Vietnam to Receive Medal of Honor

Courage, patriotism, thinking clearly under fire and dedication to one’s fellow soldiers transcends history.  Simply put, bravery is bravery no matter when – or where – it happens.  A Civil War infantryman that demonstrates courage under fire is no different than a U.S. infantryman serving in Afghanistan.  For this reason I provide the following story, which appeared on on September 14, detailing the heroic actions of then Army Spc. Salvatore Giunta.  Since his actions on October 25, 2007, Giunta has been promoted to sergeant.

“Sgt. Giunta distinguished himself by acts of gallantry at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty,” the White House said in a written statement.

“Everyone was at risk,” Giunta said.  “There were bullets all over the place.  There were RPG’s (rocket propelled grenades) blowing up all over the place.  You could see the muzzle flashes from bullets leaving the enemies guns that weren’t too far away.”

Giunta provided aid to his fellow soldiers, saving the life of one.  He would later notice that Brennan, the team leader, was not there.  He would return to his leader, repatriating the mortally wounded man and bringing his body back to the lines.

“Sgt. Giunta basically took it upon himself to run through an ambush, later repatriate Sgt. Brennan, who was still alive at the time, and kill multiple enemies while dragging Sgt. Brennan back,” said Major Dan Kearney his commander at the time.(i)

Sergeant Salvatore Giunta is a TRUE American Hero.  May God Bless him and all of our men and women in the armed services!

(i) Excerpts taken from the article, “First Living Soldier Since Vietnam Awarded Military’s Highest Honor,” published on September 14, 2010.  Click HERE to read the entire article.

About Michael Noirot

I grew up in the Central Illinois farming community, of Dunlap. Growing up, I played sports, tinkered with cars and enjoyed photography. While I did well in school, I did not become passionate about history until my early 30's. I have built a large library, of books on early America, politics and the Civil War. I am an avid reader. Fortunately, I have had plenty of opportunities to travel, over the years, and have been to most of the Civil War battlefields. I work while I travel, so more often than not, I am up, in the middle of the night, to get sunrise pictures, or I will be out until well after dark, exploring Civil War battlefields. I have other hobbies, and passions, that I really enjoy. Number one on the list would be guitar. I play my guitars on a regular basis, and enjoy the Bluegrass, and Contemporary Christian (CCM) genres. I play a style of guitar, called FLATPICKING, where using a flat pick, you play lead solos, similar to the way a fiddle would have been played during the 19th and early 20th Centuries. Laura, my wife, and I also enjoy scuba diving, travel and spending time at our property, in the country. Lastly, we spend as much time with our families, as possible. Thanks for stopping by.
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