Photo Credit: Courtesy of Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta
Now-Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta during his first deployment to Afghanistan in 2005, when he first bonded with his platoon in Battle Company, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team. It was also where he first learned about how fragile life could be. During his second deployment in 2007, he reluctantly made history by saving a wounded friend who was being kidnapped by two insurgents — action that earned him the first non-posthumous Medal of Honor since Vietnam.