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The E-Sylum: Volume 13, Number 37, September 12, 2010, Article 19

LIVING SOLDIER TO RECEIVE MEDAL OF HONOR

In a rare move, a living soldier who distinguished himself in Afghanistan will be awarded the Medal of Honor. -Editor

Medal of Honor President Barack Obama awards Medal of Honor to a living soldier. Sgt. Salvatore Giunta is the brave man who will receive the award making him the first living recipient of the Medal of Honor since Vietnam.

Giunta will receive the medal for his actions on October 25, 2007 when then Army Staff Sgt. Guinta, 22, ran straight into an ambush to aid three fellow wounded soldiers during an attack by Taliban fighters in the Korengal Valley in Afghanistan.

During the attack, two of the paratroopers died, and many of the others were seriously wounded. However, thanks to Giunta’s outstanding bravery, the toll of the attack was much lower than it would have been.

There have been six posthumous medals awarded for service in Iraq and Afghanistan, which is a small number compared to the number of medals awarded in other conflicts. There has been some controversy over why there have been so few medals awarded.

To read the complete article, see: Rare Medal of Honor Awarded to Living Soldier by President Barack Obama (news.gather.com/viewArticle.action?articleId=281474978509955)

Wayne Homren, Editor

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