Obama Awards Medal of Honor to Iowa Staff Sergeant

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama on Tuesday is awarding the Medal of Honor to an Army staff sergeant who placed himself in the line of fire in Afghanistan to save two comrades.

The soldier, Salvatore Giunta (jee-UN'-tah), is the first living service member from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to receive the nation's highest military decoration.

The Army says that on Oct. 25, 2007, Giunta was serving as a rifle team leader in the Korengal Valley in Afghanistan when an insurgent ambush split his squad into two groups.

The 25-year-old soldier from Hiawatha, Iowa, was under fire when he pulled a fellow soldier back to cover and rescued another who was being carried away by two insurgents.

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  • by amk Location: lansing on Nov 16, 2010 at 07:33 AM
    I saw this solider on 60 mins. I was brought to tears by his story. It makes me proud to know men and woman like him are protecting our country. He is a true hero. May god bless you all.

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