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Posted: 9/10/2010 6:41:50 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/10/2010 6:42:15 AM EDT by GrabMyWrist]

Updated: Friday, 10 Sep 2010, 10:24 AM EDT
Published : Friday, 10 Sep 2010, 10:24 AM EDT

By NewsCore

The White House said Friday that President Obama will award the Medal of Honor to the first living service member to receive the distinction for service in Iraq or Afghanistan.

The president told Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta on Thursday that he would be awarded the medal for "acts of gallantry at the risk of his life that went above and beyond the call of duty." Obama thanked Sergeant Giunta for his service and extraordinary bravery.

Sergeant Giunta served as a rifle team leader during combat operations against an armed enemy in the Korengal Valley, Afghanistan in October 2007.

According to the White House press release, Giunta's "courage and leadership while under extreme enemy fire were integral to his platoon's ability to defeat an enemy ambush."

The date and time of the ceremony will be released at a later date.
Link Posted: 9/10/2010 7:30:21 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/10/2010 7:31:45 AM EDT by AUWalker]
[rant]
This guys a hero, deserves it. This better not be a PR stunt by Obama.
[/rant]





ETA to clarify my rant. This is an ultimate honor in my mind, but I can't help but get a bitter taste in my mouth when Obama has anything to do with something
Link Posted: 9/10/2010 8:12:04 AM EDT
Yeah, I kinda wished the first line had read.

The White House said Friday that the President Obama will award the Medal of Honor to the first living service member to receive the distinction for service in Iraq or Afghanistan.


The name Obama and the word honor just don't fit in a sentence in a positive manner.


YMMV



Link Posted: 9/10/2010 8:40:24 AM EDT
Your rant is understood and taken in the mannor offered.
Link Posted: 9/10/2010 11:23:52 AM EDT
Fuck Obama. I hope when he touchs the MOH ribbon, the ribbon becomes as hot as the Sun and burns his hands.
Link Posted: 9/10/2010 11:53:04 AM EDT


Focus people.

This part is important:

the first living service member to receive the distinction for service in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Sergeant Giunta

Not this part

President Obama

Unless you want to say that Sereant Giunta doesn't deserve the Medal of Honor and that he's only getting it as a political stunt. If that is the case, PLEASE, speak up. Let Sgt Giunta and his unit know.

ACTION FROM WHICH THE MEDAL OF HONOR WAS EARNED:

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 defeat an enemy ambush and recover a fellow American paratrooper from enemy hands.






Link Posted: 9/10/2010 12:51:23 PM EDT
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 defeat an enemy ambush and recover a fellow American paratrooper from enemy hands.


I remember them talking about this (or someone just like him) and issuing a medal at the welcome home ceremony for the 5th and 2nd Stryker Brigade. This guy was out of Lewis, yes?

Link Posted: 9/10/2010 1:00:12 PM EDT
Yes
Link Posted: 9/10/2010 1:22:06 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/10/2010 1:36:14 PM EDT by mxsjw]
Big applause for him on July 22nd, this is well deserved.
Congratulations Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta and thank you for your service.


ETA: Opps, July 22 was a Silver Star for Sgt. Jarrett Brown...the story is close though.
http://www.army.mil/-news/2010/07/30/43103-joint-base-lewis-mcchord-nco-receives-silver-star/
Link Posted: 9/10/2010 3:59:47 PM EDT
Not out of Lewis. With the 173rd in Vincenza.
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