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Salvatore Giunta

Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta
Personal information
NameSalvatore Augustine Giunta
AllegianceUnited States of America
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service2003 2011
RankStaff Sergeant
Unit2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team
Battles/warsWar in Afghanistan
AwardsMedal of Honor
Bronze Star
Purple Heart

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Salvatore Augustine Giunta (-enˌsælvəˈtɔreɪ ˈdʒʊntə; born January 21, 1985) is a former staff sergeant in the United States Army. He was the first living person to receive the United States Armed Forces' highest decoration for valor, the Medal of Honor, for actions that occurred after the Vietnam War. Giunta was cited for saving the lives of members of his squad on October 25, 2007 during the War in Afghanistan. On March 7, 2011, he announced plans to leave the Army in June 2011 to attend school.

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