Medal of Honor Recipient Honored During Super Bowl

Posted by puguh on Monday, February 7, 2011

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Salvatore Giunta, 25, received the nation's highest military honor, the Medal of Honor, in September by President Barack Obama.

On Sunday during the Super Bowl telecast, Giunta was introduced as the first living Medal of Honor recipient since the Vietnam War.

As described in a White House report:

When an insurgent force ambush split Specialist Giunta's squad into two groups, he exposed himself to enemy fire to pull a comrade back to cover. Later, while engaging the enemy and attempting to link up with the rest of his squad, Specialist Giunta noticed two insurgents carrying away a fellow soldier. He immediately engaged the enemy, killing one and wounding the other, and provided medical aid to his wounded comrade while the rest of his squad caught up and provided security . His courage and leadership while under extreme enemy fire were integral to his platoon's ability defeat an enemy ambush and recover a fellow American paratrooper from enemy hands.

Six service members had reportedly been awarded the Medal of Honor since September 2001, all posthumously, before Giunta received the award.

Giunta's actions in a life-or-death scenario demonstrate that while the Super Bowl is one of the biggest events in America every year, the game is trivial compared to the whole scope of things in life.

Giunta's actions are more important than any Super Bowl MVP's could ever be.

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