Post by privateinvestor on Jan 2, 2011 21:48:24 GMT -5
CHICAGO — It was years in the making, so Staff Sgt. Sal Giunta had time to talk with his wife about the "what if" question. He'd been recommended for the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest military decoration. If chosen, his name would be in headlines. His face in the spotlight. He'd be a celebrity.
And again and again, he'd have to tell strangers the harrowing story of a deadly ambush in Afghanistan.
"He was worried," says Giunta's wife, Jenny. "He didn't know how he was going able to talk to people about it. He couldn't even talk to me. He didn't even talk to his parents about it. How was he going to talk to the world about it? How was he going to be OK with telling his story?"
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Dead suspect in trailer park shootout identified Despite law, N.H. commits only 2 sex offenders 1 week after blizzard, NYC garbage is piled high War hero's tour: A soldier adjusts to fame ..Giunta did receive the medal. And, as expected, he's become a celebrity with all the trappings: A celebration at the White House. Praise from the president. Late-night TV (Letterman and Colbert) appearances. Invitations galore. And calls, too, for him to tell his story — a story that forever changed his life.
Overseas he is on a television clip telling his story. He looks like a great guy. I guess it shows how out of touch I am with what is going on back in the states because I had no idea he was so famous.
Post by privateinvestor on Jan 3, 2011 8:44:11 GMT -5
He should be famous and my only hope is that the grade schools teachers will tell the story of Sgt Giunta but that may be expecting too much when we have Liberals Teachers Unions who oppose spending for our military ...and of course as you know the fact his MOH was NOT posthumous is very rare indeed...
In Harry Truman's autobiography he says that each and every time he bestowed the MOH on one of our brave service men, he would whisper to them "I would gladly swap the Presidency for one of these medals, in a heart beat"......btw Harry Truman was an Army Captain of Artillery in WW1 and his regimental commander was Brigadier General Douglas McArthur...who he fired 32 years later in 1950..
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Post by billisonboard on Jan 6, 2011 10:55:34 GMT -5
"...my only hope is that the grade schools teachers will tell the story of Sgt Giunta ..."
And then when one of them asks why we have had troops fighting in Afghanistan for their entire life, the teacher can explain to them about the problem of not staying focused. Two great life lessons for the youngsters.
“When you are a Bear of Very Little Brain, and you Think of Things, you find sometimes that a Thing which seemed very Thingish inside you is quite different when it gets out into the open and has other people looking at it.”
Post by deziloooooo on Jan 7, 2011 15:45:39 GMT -5
Staff Sgt Giunta is so deserving of the reward and he also is correct when he says he accepts it in the name of all those who sacrifice so much in defense of their country...so many do so , yet due to circumstances , are unable to gain recognition of their valor..that being known only to their comrades and to the supreme power as the following comment by one who commanded so many brave Americans in a long ago, in todays vernacular, conflict and a particular vicious engagement points outs--------------------------------------------------------------------------
" Although many notable decorations have been awarded to veterans of the Battle of Ia Drang, in his book "We Were Soldiers Once...And Young", LTG Moore writes:
"We had problems on the awards... Too many men had died bravely and heroically, while the men who had witnessed their deeds had also been killed... Acts of valor that, on other fields, on other days, would have been rewarded with the Medal of Honor or Distinguished Service Cross or a Silver Star were recognized only with a telegram saying, 'The Secretary of the Army regrets...' The same was true of our sister battalion, the 2nd of the 7th."[