Just in case your preferred news site buried this event under a mountain of useless drivel, you might want to take a moment to note that today marks a rare event in the annuls of the United States Armed Forces.

The Congressional Medal of Honor is the highest military honor this great nation can bestow upon one who wears the uniform of a soldier, sailor, airman or marine. It is awarded, in the opinion of this humble citizen, far too infrequently. Sadly, it is usually given as a posthumous award to family members of the fallen.

Today, for the first time in over forty years, the Congressional Medal of Honor recipient was present to receive the award from the Commander in Chief.

I commend for your reading the citation accompanying Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta’s Congressional Medal of Honor. Just in case you were wondering what the textbook definition of “hero” looks like, now you know.

God bless you, Staff Sergeant Giunta. Thank you for your exceptionally brave service – above and beyond the call of duty – to your country.


  • Gilly

    For you that are too young to remember Audie Murphy, the most decorated veteran of all time, the Staff Sgt. was compared to him. That is the type of young men we are training today and is the very reason we are still free.

  • WilliamK

    It is not a “Congressional” Medal of Honor. It is just called a Medal of Honor. The approving authority is Congress. It would be like calling other awards by their approving authority: The Battalion Army Achievement Medal, or Brigade Army Commendation Medal.

    I find it very inspiring that his first reaction was anger that he was getting it because he felt that he did not do nearly what his fellow soldiers did. Talk to any veteran and when you thank them, they tend to break eye contact and mumble something about how they didn’t do that much. That is what the US produces, warriors who are humble.