One for the good guys!
I saw the ceremony on Fox.. thought O did a good job with it.. This guy defines heroism and humility..Sure is one great quality guy.. Not to many of the CMHs given out to living troops, one of the fears is that it could in any way be dishonored (cmh recipient is arrested) to my knowledge thats never happened, and one of the reasons this was a 3 year process..
For what it's worth i had the same thoughts you did about your buddy all the time the presentation was going on..
Proud to say this Soldier is from the great state of Iowa! Today is Staff Sgt. Guinta Day in Iowa.
Heres the story in the local Telegraph Herald:
Giunta receives Medal of Honor
Obama: 'I really like this guy'
President Barack Obama has presented Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta with the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest military award.
Giunta is from Hiawatha, Iowa and is married to Dubuque native Jenny Mueller.
Then-Specialist Giunta distinguished himself while serving as a rifle team leader with Company B, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Airborne Infantry Regiment during combat operations in Korengal Valley, Afghanistan, on Oct. 25, 2007.
Giunta was among eight paratroopers ambushed by Taliban fighters. Two paratroopers died, and most suffered serious injuries; however, members of Giunta's unit and Army officials said the death toll would have been higher if not for his bravery.
Giunta threw grenades and returned fire as he rescued his comrades and fought off Taliban fighters attempting to take one of the wounded American soldiers hostage.
Obama noted in his address at the ceremony that Giunta was as humble as he was heroic: "I really like this guy."
end of shift. Pard, PM and Check!
thanks for the check..
Hold down the fort and I'll be back in the am.
see ya' later!
to give Obama credit for anything (other than helping fuck up the country), I do respect him for awarding this brave young man the Medal Of Honor.
It is uncommon to see this this kind of bravery in this day and age and what is even more uncommon is the humbleness inwhich he recieved it. You are one of a kind Staff Sgt. Guinta