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Medal of Honor Recipient Staff Sergeant Sal Giunta (Ret.)
Medal of Honor recipient Salvatore Giunta returns to the Museum & Library for a discussion. Presented in partnership with the U.S. Army Office of Public Affairs, Midwest.
Throughout the last 14 years, the American public saw a steady stream of information about the Army through television and newspapers. But as involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan has died down, Americans are seeing fewer soldiers in the press. And even fewer Americans know a soldier personally.
Soldier For Life is about the entire lifecycle of being a Soldier. From the moment a Soldier arrives at basic training: Start Strong; to the day they report to their first command and begin their Army career: Serve Strong; to the moment they make the decision to transition from a uniform-wearing Soldier back into a productive member of civilian society: Reintegrate Strong; to the final separation or retirement from Army service and transition into their community: Remain Strong.
SALVATORE ”SAL" AUGUSTINE GIUNTA was born in Clinton, Iowa on January 21, 1985 and is the oldest of three children. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in November of 2003 where he attended Infantry training and the Basic Airborne Course at Fort Benning, Georgia, before being assigned to the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team in Vicenza, Italy in May of 2004.
Giunta was deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom twice. His first combat deployment was during Operation Enduring Freedom VI from March 2005 to March 2006. His second combat deployment to Afghanistan was during Operation Enduring Freedom VIII from May 2007 to July 2008. During this second deployment - on October 25, 2007 - Giunta's platoon (in which he was then a specialist serving as a rifle team leader) was ambushed in the Korengal Valley in Eastern Afghanistan. For his extraordinary gallantry that day, President Barack Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to Giunta in a White House ceremony on November 16, 2010.
He retired from the Army in June of 2011 and is the author of the book: Living with Honor: A Memoir by America's First Living Medal of Honor Recipient Since the Vietnam War, published in 2012. He currently resides in Colorado with his wife Jennifer Giunta and his daughter.
From the U.S. Army Medal of Honor webpage: Staff Sergeant Giunta's personification of the Warrior Ethos, his selfless leadership, and his "conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above the beyond the call of duty" provide tremendous inspiration and exemplify the very best of the American Soldier today.
Giunta is interviewed by Pritzker Military Museum & Library President and CEO, Kenneth Clarke.