WASHINGTON — Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta has made no attempt to hide just how uncomfortable he is with the attention and accolades surrounding the Medal of Honor that he’ll formally receive on Tuesday.
“I’m a regular line Soldier, so this is a new world, sitting out here under these lights in the field with these cameras pointed on us, talking with a little, secret earpiece,” he said during a Pentagon press conference in September, shortly after his name and story were made public. “It’s definitely interesting and exciting.”
It was also a preview of a new reality for Giunta, the first living Medal of Honor recipient for actions in the current wars.
Watch it live: The Medal of Honor Ceremony will stream live online this afternoon.
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He is no longer a regular line Soldier. He’s the first living active-duty servicemember to be awarded the nation’s highest honor for battlefield heroics since the Vietnam War, a role that automatically sets him apart from his peers.