“This is a great honor, but it is not mine to take sole ownership of. I only did the next thing that needed to be done, and I was only able to do that because all of the men around me had the rest taken care of. It’s hard to take credit for simply taking the next step when so many steps had already been taken by everyone else,” Giunta said.
Category: Sal Giunta
Then-Specialist Salvatore A. Giunta distinguished himself by acts of gallantry at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a rifle team leader with Company B, 2d Battalion (Airborne), 503d Infantry Regiment during combat operations against an armed enemy in the Korengal Valley, Afghanistan on October 25, 2007.
SSG Sal Giunta has not been officially confirmed as the latest soldier to be awarded the Medal of Honor. Multiple reports seem to indicate that he is that person.
Giunta deserves the honor, as you will see in the following. But, most of all, he and his fellow soldiers deserve our thanks and our heartfelt apologies. It was lousy strategy and poor planning by senior officers and civilians that put him in a situation where his bravery would earn him that medal.