It is becoming increasingly rare for a living member of the U.S. military to receive the Medal of Honor.
Army Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta will become the first living service member from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to receive the Medal of Honor; this will be the eighth Medal of Honor bestowed since September 11th, 2001.
Giunta, 25, of Hiawatha, Iowa, was serving as a rifle team leader with Company B, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment when an insurgent ambush split his squad into two groups on Oct. 25, 2007, in the Korengal Valley in Afghanistan.
Giunta went above and beyond the call of duty when he exposed himself to enemy gunfire to try to save two fellow soldiers in a deadly ambush. He engaged the enemy again when he saw two insurgents carrying away a wounded soldier, Sgt. Joshua C. Brennan, 22, of McFarland, Wis. Giunta killed one insurgent and wounded the other before tending to Brennan, who died the next day.
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