Staff Sgt. Giunta before the White House ceremony, Nov. 15-16, 2010

By D. Myles CullenNovember 16, 2010

Staff Sgt. Salvatore "Sal" Giunta, who became the first non-posthumous Medal of Honor recipient sine Vietnam for his heroic efforts during Operation Enduring Freedom, receives congratulations in the hours before he received the medal from President Barack Obama at the White House, Nov. 16, 2010.
1 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Staff Sgt. Salvatore "Sal" Giunta, who became the first non-posthumous Medal of Honor recipient sine Vietnam for his heroic efforts during Operation Enduring Freedom, receives congratulations in the hours before he received the medal from President Barack Obama at the White House, Nov. 16, 2010. (Photo Credit: D. Myles Cullen) VIEW ORIGINAL
Martha Raddatz, ABC News correspondent, interviews Staff Sgt. Salvatore "Sal" Giunta, who received the Medal of Honor from President Barack Obama during a White House ceremony Nov. 16. The U.S. Congress awards the medal, the nation's highest military honor, for risk of life in combat beyond the call of duty. Giunta, who is the first non-postumous award recipient since Vietnam, was honored for actions during a firefight in the Korengal valley of Afghanistan in October 2007.
2 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Martha Raddatz, ABC News correspondent, interviews Staff Sgt. Salvatore "Sal" Giunta, who received the Medal of Honor from President Barack Obama during a White House ceremony Nov. 16. The U.S. Congress awards the medal, the nation's highest military honor, for risk of life in combat beyond the call of duty. Giunta, who is the first non-postumous award recipient since Vietnam, was honored for actions during a firefight in the Korengal valley of Afghanistan in October 2007. (Photo Credit: D. Myles Cullen) VIEW ORIGINAL
Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr. and his wife, Sheila, host Staff Sgt. Sal Giunta and his family for dinner at their house on Fort Myers, Va., Nov. 15, 2010.
3 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr. and his wife, Sheila, host Staff Sgt. Sal Giunta and his family for dinner at their house on Fort Myers, Va., Nov. 15, 2010. (Photo Credit: D. Myles Cullen) VIEW ORIGINAL
Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth O. Preston, Staff Sgt. Salvatore "Sal" Giunta, Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr., and the Giunta family dine at the Chief's residence on Fort Myers, Va., Nov. 15, 2010.
4 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth O. Preston, Staff Sgt. Salvatore "Sal" Giunta, Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr., and the Giunta family dine at the Chief's residence on Fort Myers, Va., Nov. 15, 2010. (Photo Credit: D. Myles Cullen) VIEW ORIGINAL
Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth O. Preston and Jennifer Giunta look at photos of previous Army Chiefs of Staff at the Chief of Staff's quarters on Fort Myers, Va., Nov. 15, 2010.
5 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth O. Preston and Jennifer Giunta look at photos of previous Army Chiefs of Staff at the Chief of Staff's quarters on Fort Myers, Va., Nov. 15, 2010. (Photo Credit: D. Myles Cullen) VIEW ORIGINAL