On November 16, 2010, President Barack Obama awarded the United States highest military decoration, the Medal of Honor, to Army Staff Sergeant Salvatore A. Giunta, the first to be awarded to a living recipient since the Vietnam War. During the ceremony, the President went off script and said, "I really like this guy."
The world was watching the Medal of Honor ceremony on TV on Nov. 16, as Giunta stood at attention while President Obama placed the blue ribboned Medal of Honor around his neck. In a brief statement, Giunta said, he was "honored and humbled to be singled out for the nation's highest military honor".
The 25 year old soldier was serving as a rifle team leader in the Korengal Valley in Afghanistan when an insurgent ambush split his squad in two.
The Iowa soldier was under fire when he pulled his fellow soldier back to cover and rescued another who was being carried away by two insurgents.
We raise our hand in salute to Medal of Honor recipient Army Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta.