Medal of Honor recipient: Honor is 'bittersweet'
September 15th, 2010
01:17 PM ET

Medal of Honor recipient: Honor is 'bittersweet'

The first living Medal of Honor recipient since the Vietnam War says his receiving the prestigious award is bittersweet.

“It’s emotional and it’s great. All of this is great. But it does bring back a lot of memories of people that I would love to share this moment with. And I am just not going to have this opportunity because they are no longer with us,” U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta said during a teleconference Wednesday.

Giunta said the day his unit came under attack in Afghanistan was quiet and started out like any other day in Afghanistan.

“We are all soldiers and we are all out on a mission,” Giunta said.

Giunta's parents to CNN affiliate KWWL: Proud of 'child'

Giunta, 25, was a specialist serving with the Airborne 503 Infantry Regiment on his second tour of duty in Afghanistan when his unit was attacked on the night of October 25, 2007. According to U.S. Department of Defense documents seen by CNN, Giunta and his fellow soldiers were walking back to base along the top of a mountain ridge when the enemy attacked from their front and their left. Taliban fighters barraged the Americans with AK-47s, rocket-propelled grenades and Soviet-era large machine guns.

Giunta saw several of his fellow soldiers go down. He ran forward, throwing grenades and returning enemy fire to help one soldier who had been shot but was still fighting. Then he noticed one of the wounded soldiers was missing. Giunta ran over a hill where moments before Taliban fighters where shooting at him to find his wounded friend, Sgt. Josh Brennan. But now he was alone, out of sight of his fellow soldiers, in an area that the Taliban had controlled just moments before. Giunta saw two Taliban fighters dragging Brennan away. Giunta ran after them, killing one Taliban and wounding the other who ran away.

Giunta's quick response to the Taliban attack helped his unit repulse the enemy fighters before they could cause more casualties, the Defense Department documents note.

Giunta was shot twice in the incident, with one round hitting his body armor and the second destroying a weapon slung over his back. He was not seriously hurt.

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  1. Mustan

    On a side note, I wish there was a little more consistancy in the award process. There are pleanty of living men that have done as much or more that haven't been recognized in the same manner. Stephen Bass rings a bell, even though he did get the Navy Cross, his action should be reviewed, along with many others. Not to deminsh what you done SSGT, I think u can even agree with what I'm saying. It's all part of the political push to find a poster child living MOH recipient. Regards

    October 6, 2010 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. NAVAIRVET

    Tracy,this man did his duty of the finest caliber.I am retired military w.25 yrs of service.Yes you have the right to complain about the military.We take our orders from our Commander in Chief,and do our jobs willingly so ungrateful people like yourself and whine.Tell me,if you were in the USAF in a missile silo located in Montana,could you turn the launch enable key upon receipt of the EWO?This knowing your nation is being incinerated?Believe me,I could without hesitationto defend our dear Nation.

    September 21, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Candice

    What a hero! Thanks CNN for sharing this awesome story of one of the many brave soliders we have. May God continue to bless him and his family as well as all the other soliders still serving.

    September 20, 2010 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  4. AmericaFirst

    Thank you soldiers sailors airmen and marines.May you all come home soon. ALL of you are heros no matter where you are or what your job is!

    September 16, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. AmericaFirst

    Thank you soldiers,

    September 16, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Eblees

    How many Civilians you need to kill to "WIN" a medal?

    September 16, 2010 at 6:36 am | Report abuse |
  7. dindy Sri lanka

    how terrible it is to see ,some people cant appreciate soldiers courage and sacrifice . We live in peace because many of them do their job correctly. He made his country and his parents proud!!!

    September 16, 2010 at 6:15 am | Report abuse |
  8. bangash

    No doubt today MIC project this as a heroic job and make American nation proud of staff Sgt for his achievements in the war at Afghan soil, but tomorrow when American will know reality behind this war, the real face of corporatocracy,and then see killing of millions of innocents in their this war for world Empire then there will be more to spit on the hypocrites and even this staff Sgt will feel ashamed of his use in such evil, anti human and anti American game in the name of war on terror, the way today all curse those who had waged war in Vietnam.

    September 16, 2010 at 4:12 am | Report abuse |
  9. Carmelo M.

    Here is another fine example of true heroism, and a finer example of Italian class, honor and altruism, characteristics that have helped made this country great. Great job Salvatore (Totò). Proud to be Italian.

    September 15, 2010 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  10. WhiteKong78

    @Tracy: We could assassinate the bloodthirsty dictators if we wanted to which is much cheaper in both dollars and human lives. I think our leaders are COWARDS and don't want to have targets on their backs. Much better to send you or I to kill for them.

    September 15, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      Several problems with that silly theory, WhiteKong78. 1) Many politicians HAVE served in the military. 2) If you think it's easy to send men and women off to war knowing some won't come back, then you do it. Oh, but you would probably choose the Clintonian path of sanctions and lobbing a couple cruise missiles at our enemies without putting our troops in harm's way. 3) Our military is still all volunteer; don't pretend like you're about to be drafted. 4) The policy of assassinating heads of state has been discouraged because other nations might try to do the same to us.

      September 15, 2010 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
      • USMC 2nd lt.

        Several problems with that silly theory, WhiteKong78. 1) Many politicians HAVE served in the military. 2) If you think it's easy to send men and women off to war knowing some won't come back, then you do it. Oh, but you would probably choose the Clintonian path of sanctions and lobbing a couple cruise missiles at our enemies without putting our troops in harm's way. 3) Our military is still all volunteer; don't pretend like you're about to be drafted. 4) The policy of assassinating heads of state has been discouraged because other nations might try to do the same to us.

        1- many have served, but most of the ones in true power positions have gotten out of direct service (clinton, w bush for example)

        2- she is agreeing with you 100%, reread. it makes you sound obtuse. also, bosnia 1999. clinton sent troops AND didnt start a war. i dont know whether u are agreeing with her or not, your tone says no, but your words say yes.

        3- she wont be drafted, but u have to think more critically and abstractly, she will still have to pay taxes for it. there is still a burden on the civi's

        4- look at the CIA and castro. also, its pretty obvious why we dont go assassinate kim jong il or ahmadinejad, it makes them martyrs, its that simple.

        September 15, 2010 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jesse

    This soldier is a hero among heroes. Our men and women in uniform kick total ass.

    September 15, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Nads

    I cannot say I have ever stared down an enemy weapon fired at me during my service years ago. I can tell you that live fire training was enough to put the fear of god in me. I can now appreciate the fact that anyone that has earned their combat citation is truly heroic. I don’t care what war or what situation. When the rounds are incoming and your life is on the line, there is no higher challenge to a human being. Debating what level of award is appropriate for Staff Sgt Giunta is irrelevant. I’m sure the others in his platoon know what he did, how he did it and are damn glad he did what he did. We should offer Staff Sgt Giunta our sincere thanks and congratulations for job well done as confirmed by the award of the CMH. We should also take the time to reflect on the sacrifices of all those men and women that have never come home for all the wars. Semper Fi

    September 15, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  13. WhiteKong78

    I didn't see the words "WIN" or "Congressional" in this story unless I missed something. Either way MOST of our men and women in the military are heroes. When somebody needs help they just don't walk by like some in our society. A pedestrian gets hit by a car on a busy street and nobody helps them. A soldier/marine is having bullets fly at them and they run towards it.

    September 15, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mike Pollak

    Thank you SSg Giunta for serving and protecting my freedom. God Bless You and God Bless America!

    September 15, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  15. GregUSAF

    people like this are what we should hear about and celebrate every day, instead of the lindsay lohans and paris hiltons that clog up the news and w h o r e for our attention

    September 15, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  16. David Bustamante

    Praise the Lord for His protection over this young valiant man.

    September 15, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  17. samhas

    Good luck with the AWARD, I just wish it was to defend USA, and not to promote Bush/Cheney agenda!

    September 15, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Papa Kilo 15er

      Samhas understand, when we as soliders are in combat, we don't do it for country, or some political agenda, we do it for the man next to you, and that's it. Guinta did what he did for his brothers, and nothing more.

      September 15, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      It was, samhas, as apparently you've forgotten that we were attacked on 9/11/01.

      September 15, 2010 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
      • USMC 2nd lt.

        im pretty sure al queda (50 estimated members in afghanistan) attacked us, not the taliban. stop talking about things you dont know. it makes you look stupid.

        September 15, 2010 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Sean Kazmierczak

    Heroic feat indeed....worthy of Medal of Honor? I really don't think so....hundreds of Soldiers and Marines have done similar acts and havent gotten close to Medal of Honor.

    I just don't understand....propaganda Medal of Honor?

    September 15, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Retired Army

      Feel sorry for you my friend...

      September 15, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bryant

      I agree with you Sean; you just don't get it.

      September 15, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Papa Kilo 15er

      Ever been in combat Sean? Ever had 7.62's whizzing by your ears, or mortars exploding yards away from you? I did 3 tours in Iraq, and I saw heroes on a daily basis, and yes some of those I would nomnate for the MOH, especially the Corpsman (medics) who non-stop would run into complete chaos to aid a wounded comrade, or enemy. I saw Chaplains with no regard for their own safety run to give last rights or just to calm a fellow soldier until help arrived. The fact that this guy is being recognized in NO WAY diminishes what he did. You dont' know what the siuation he was in was like, so it's hard for you to comprehend the danger. This Marine salutes the SSG, and others like him. Semper Fi, and Charlie Mike.....

      September 15, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hernan

      Just another lousy idiot, that hiding behind a keyboard in the comfort of his house, criticizes another for having the guts to do something than he won't even do for his cat.

      September 16, 2010 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
  19. NinjaKat

    SSG Giunta, if you ever pass through South Dakota, I've got a bear hug and a case of beer with your name on it. Bravo, Sir.

    September 15, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  20. flipper3964

    Win, earn, award.....call it what you like. This man is a hero and true patriot. Congratulations on the win, earn, award!!

    September 15, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  21. PacoAteMiami

    I often wonder how I would perform if put to the ultimate test like Giunta was. Putting on the uniform and serving in a combat zone is one thing, but keeping it together with bullets flying and hitting you is whole 'nother level. I've got nothing but respect for this guy.

    September 15, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Retired Army

    To the VERY FEW of you that have made comments like “it should have been a silver star at best” or “it’s expected of every soldier” stop being so bitter. Yes a soldier is expected to do more then most can do and things do happen all the time but they don’t get recognized for it. I’m pretty sure he didn’t go putting himself in for the award! Its normally do to lack of Leadership that good soldiers don’t get recognized for their bravery. And yes the DOD can be stingy on giving out awards. So finally someone has been recognized for their bravery and I for one am proud to have him representing me and my country. And I feel the same for every one serving today in any branch of service doing the job the selected to do. I served in the Army for 30 years and now its my time to say thank you, for if it wasn’t for all of you serving now I couldn’t be having the fun I am today… THANK YOU ALL.

    And thank you all that served with me….

    September 15, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  23. abby

    God bless this young man - a true hero - these are the people who should be earning $1 million a year - not some football player or basketball player -

    September 15, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Papa Kilo 15er

      You go Abby, lol.

      September 15, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Boycot Fox

    Good Job, your medal outranks my Battle-E, I salute you!

    September 15, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Papa Kilo 15er

      Boycot, his medal outranks ALL medals, and even 5 star Generals have to salute him.

      September 15, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  25. jim armstrong

    Sarge? And i do salute you, like the president must. You earned the CMH on behalf of all the heroes you served with, living and passed. Keep that in mind if you need a reason for it all or when someone asks you if your are a hero. GO HERD!!!!!!!!!!!!! btw.

    September 15, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Boycot Fox

      Yes!

      September 15, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • jim armstrong

      cnn in its infinite wisdom puts idiots with no experience in such things to write these articles. OH YEAH, SARGE? You know now you have to wear the medal with not only pride but with a commitment to live a life they compliments it, a task i am sure you are up to, YOURE 173RD AIRBORNE AFTER ALL!!!!!!!! , Simply they HERD, Simply the BEST. If you are ever near Bragg the 173rd chapter here will want to meet you. Just stay away from the 82nd airborne, (like in a Bridge to Far, they are good soldiers but you have to guard your wallet. TIEN BIEN TROOPER!!!!

      September 15, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • Papa Kilo 15er

        LOL, Jim I'm assuming you're a Nam'er who served in Dien Ben Phu? My Dad was in the Brown Water Navy. Mucho respect for ALL who did time in the Nam. Even though you're Army, lol.

        September 15, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Shar

    God Bless You, Soldier!

    September 15, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Tom

    This write up sounds familiar to Cpl Dakota Myer's actions in Afghanistan. Not to detract from the SSGT, many many others do heroic things that go under noticed. Cpl Myer also deserves this highest honor.

    September 15, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Michael S.

    Good story, Better Soldier. CNN, as a courtesy to all Hero's who have been given this honor, it is not a prize to be won. There are no "Medal of Honor Winners." This is not a prize. It is a badge of heroism. Please respect it as such.

    September 15, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • abby

      Amen! from an old army brat -

      September 15, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Dave

    Sky Soldiers baby!!! I was in that very unit in Vicenza, Italy albeit the 1st of the 508th Airborne. Red Devils! And to John Patriot, IMO and this is just my opinion, you have no opinion because you weren't there.

    September 15, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Retired Veteran

    Everything Staff Sergeant Giunta did was, and is expected of every service member. However, I personnally do not feel the CMH should have been awarded for this action. These firefights happen almost everyday in Afghanistan, and in Iraq when we were there, he didn't even get wounded. His actions deserve an award but NOT the CMH.

    September 15, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • PacoAteMiami

      I disagree. He went way above and beyond. And there is no such thing as CMH... It's MOH.

      September 15, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bryant

      By that logic then you should also know it isn't the CMH. It's just the MoH.

      September 15, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  31. brian s

    All i can say is WOW, a remarkable story, and a a remarkable brave soldier. THANKS FOR RISKING ALL FOR US!!!! CONGRATS

    September 15, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Retired Army

    Thank you CNN

    September 15, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  33. OIF Vet

    Just noticed the headline was changed to "Medal of Honor recipent..." Thanks CNN!

    September 15, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Justin

    You don't win the Medal of Honor! Have some respect CNN. Next time have someone with some sense write a piece like this. Go Joe!

    September 15, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  35. niksa

    As a vet and ex paratrooper I feel proud of SSgt. Giunta, I salute you and all americans fighting to keep our country safe, thank you all, and God bless you.

    September 15, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  36. jeff

    He is a TRUE AMERICAN HERO. Our politicians should take a hard look at his ethics, maybe they will rub off.

    September 15, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • abby

      won't happen unless we force all politicians to serve on the front lines....

      September 15, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • rsfselig

        how true the only front line many of them know is the front line to a political fund raiser, usually for themselves

        September 15, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        I dunno...Randy "Duke" Cunningham and Charles Rangle were war heroes and look what's happened to them.

        September 15, 2010 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Bill

    There is no contest for the Medal of Honor. Ergo, you don't 'win' it. You are showing
    this soldier and the entire military no respect by saying he 'won' the Medal of Honor. This is generally known
    in the journalism business but apparently not by the lazy, amateurish mediots at your failing
    network. Also, for future reference, it is the Medal of Honor, not the Congressional Medal
    of Honor. Check the AP Stylebook occasionally, if you have one.

    September 15, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  38. OIF Vet

    @ Retired Army, I couldn't reply to your post of "Amen brother" but I just wanted to let you know it should be "Amen sister"🙂

    September 15, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Retired Army

      Good Point.... Just as many brave women serving as men and I should of known better...thanks for setting me right!

      September 15, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Bob U

    I agree with all the comments on CNN's poor choice (Win) of words.

    It's also worth pointing out the ethnicity of this man's name to any of you AZ immigration law supporters.

    September 15, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • usrname

      As a soldier he is either a U.S. citizen or earning his path to citizenship so the AZ immigration law would not be applicable.
      Congratulations Staff Sgt. Giunta.

      September 15, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jim

        I don't think this young man would have a problem showing his drivers license or military ID card to prove who he is. So your comment about the AZ law is just flat stupid!!!!

        September 15, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      Why would you do that, Bob?

      September 15, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bob U

        Because he or his family probably immigrated here from Mexico or Latin America, and he is risking his life for our country. Unfortunately, this country is full of relentless bigots.

        September 15, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        Bob, stop speculating about things you don't know. It makes you look foolish.

        September 15, 2010 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob U

      @Jim, My point is that he has a Latin name, and is probably an immigrant – Moron.

      September 15, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
      • staying out of the debate

        No to take any side of a debate but to clarify Giunta is Italian

        September 17, 2010 at 5:16 am | Report abuse |
    • bob2561

      yes Bob U, I truly did take note of the fact that he is US Soldier and a damn fine man!!!

      September 16, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  40. joe yarborough

    My ex father inlaw having landed @ Normandy Beach and walked all the way to Berlin as an inlisted man, gained my admiration,and utmost respect, as this young man also has. There are still brave, and upstanding men among us, but they seldom draw attention to themselves as this is not the way of a true HERO. God has blessed me by allowing me to know both of these men. Sgt.Major Harry C. Neill and Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta.

    September 15, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Lisa

    I, like others, came to this page only to object to the term "win" on the link. I'd already read this hero's story, and I'm pretty sure he'd object to the term "win" as well.

    September 15, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Ausmadmaxx

    Thankyou, for your service.

    September 15, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Brian

    You RECEIVE the Medal of Honor. You do not win or earn it. It's not a race or a merit badge.

    September 15, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Will S

      Of course you earn it.

      September 15, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Jim Pipkin

    The Medal of Honor is not "WON". What is wrong with you reporters, can't you get it through your thick skulls that medals are not "won", they are awarded? Maybe if you actually had kin and friends in the service, instead of sniping at them from the rear echelon all the time, simple things like this would sink in.

    September 15, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  45. John Patriot

    This is only an opinion,

    In my opinion, the Medal of Honor board who approved recommendation for this medal "over rated" the award.

    I read the combat actions on SSG Giunta actions and this medal should have been a Silver Star at best.

    I salute SSG Giunta but his actions in no way compare to Audie Murphy or SSG Macario Garcia MOH Award.

    John Patriot

    September 15, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Will S

      The award sounds appropriate to me. He was only a specialist when he earned it, so his actions were far above and beyond. The military is too stingy with awards anyway and has been ever since Grenada.

      September 15, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
      • bob2561

        rank has nothing to do with earning the award. sure the military is stingy with the award,that why it is so precious.

        September 16, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ronnie

      In my opinion, this fits the bill very well. He was alone, with no protection, disregarded his own safety upon seeing a fellow brother-in-arms being dragged away, and single-handedly kept him from being made a Taliban puppet of utter and pathetic propaganda. He should be awarded TWICE for that!

      Congratulations on a much deserved award! Our Nation owes you much, much more!

      September 15, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Byron

      That comparison is totally different. Different time period and different war. That's like comparing a P-51 to a F-16.

      September 15, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Jay

    You do not WIN a Medal of Honor. There is no contest! The Medal of Honor is EARNED with a heavy price.

    September 15, 2010 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  47. JB

    You do not 'win' the Medal of Honor. The medal is awarded. Duty, Honor Country. Get it right CNN!

    September 15, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • bob2561

      JB,most people today have no concept of the phase Duty,Honor,Country.

      September 16, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Hernan

    Guys:
    Is so important the difference between "win" or "awarded"????
    What difference makes an orthographic error? Is he a lesser recipient because of the typo? Or must we honor him and all the recipients for their heroism other that the word mistakes of those who report???
    When we gonna stop seeing the "obvious" to see what is "important"????
    Thank You Sgt. Giunta for your service, God Bless you and all the troops....

    September 15, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Retired Army

      For those that are still serving and have its a Very Big difference, I do understand what your saying but I assume most making the comments have served and understand the vast difference. But you are right he is a true hero, even in his words...

      September 15, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
      • Hernan

        I know (even I don't have the "honor" to serve (too old when I came to this country)) and everybody in uniform knows the difference.
        It's not a race or a game. But for me is more important to commend the fact that he proudly represents the values of our Armed Forces, regardless of the mispelling.
        I am proud of this young man for he represents all that America stands for and it's worth for.
        There are many issues that can divide us, but this one MUSN"T be another one because of a typo.
        Again, Thank you Sgt. Giunta for your courage and valor. God Bless you and all our servicemen and women and help them for a safe return home.!

        September 15, 2010 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • OIF Vet

      Actually it is somewhat of a big deal that CNN and other news sources are putting "win" and "winner" as it makes it sound as if it was a race to the MoH and that the other Soldiers that were there did less than SSG Giunta and that they in comparison "lost". Just this vet's two cents on the "winner/recipent" wording.

      September 15, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
      • Retired Army

        Amen brother

        September 15, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
      • Warhawk...

        Amen! It is not a Game.. where the winner gets a medal.. it is spilling blood so that others might be free...

        September 15, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
      • Hernan

        For those of you that have the honor to serve there is no need of explanation.
        Don't make a big issue about this.
        This is about being grateful and honored for the gallantry and heroism of one of our finest young men that are proudly serving overseas.
        Just honor them...
        Thank You

        September 15, 2010 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • bob2561

      yes Herman, it's important words matter.

      September 16, 2010 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  49. JDC

    CNN this is not an award you can win. Change this now.

    September 15, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  50. alex

    true story like jessica ????

    September 15, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • JC316

      Not everything is make believe like in your little fantasy world. Maybe you should try it sometime, have a go at a deployment and I am sure you would keep your thoughts to yourself.

      September 15, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wayne Lamartina

      Alex: you're a jerk. You probably haven't even been the miliary must less been under fire.

      September 15, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  51. ryan

    U earn it. Not win it. Get it right

    September 15, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Mike

    Whoever at CNN called this a "win" should have to run stairs until they puke.
    Blood.
    At least twice.

    September 15, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  53. BlaqMajik

    thank you for your service.

    September 15, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Jennifer Stone

    Congratulations! RIP your comrades in arms that are no longer with us.

    CNN – you don't "win" a Medal of Honor, you earn it.

    September 15, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Tom W.

    CNN, please quit saying that this soldier WON this medal. He did not. It was AWARDED to him. Saying that he won it gives it the connotation that the medal is some sort of prize. It is not.

    September 15, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  56. David Wanamaker

    Please change the link on the main page. Calling it a "win" is ridiculous; use "award" instead.

    September 15, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Warhawk...

      Damn! People! He earned the Medal! And i wish more of our trdied were awarded this prestigous honor...
      I can tell you couch warriors this... War is not like the damn videogames you sit around and play... the price that we pay so YOU can do what you want to ... is huge.... I dont sleep well.. i dream of the things that ive seen.. I remember the face of those ive killed or watched die... it is NOT A GAME!!!!

      September 15, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
      • rsfselig

        how truely sad that many stories will never be heard and that many acts of heroism will never be known,these are the front line fighters of our freedom and this should never be taken for granted nor with any disrespect.these man and woman that serve in the armed forces allow us to enjoy a freedom.you have earned your right to lash out at those that are ignorant, but keep in your heart the strength to prevail another day for those that have fallen and those you protected

        September 15, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  57. 2A372chick

    You don't "win" the Medal of Honor.

    September 15, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jonny B

      You are 100% correct. He earned it. Too bad more Americans don't have balls like him.

      September 15, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
      • Father of a Soldier

        There are many brave young men and women that are fighting for their country, many have already given their lives. your statment dishonors them. This soldier did a very brave thing and earned that honor, others have been just as brave without anyone even noticing. Its easy to sit in your comfy chair and be a forum warrior, think before you post the next time.

        September 15, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
      • ET1FarEast

        Sorry, you don't "earn" it either. You are "awarded" it to honor your actions "of heroism above and beyond the call of duty, in combat operations against the enemy, showing complete disregard for personal safety and well being."

        September 15, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
      • As Well

        Please do not do the same

        September 15, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
      • Tracy

        I know I will get flamed for this comment, but to me it would take more "balls" to stand up to the government and say this is a stupid war and is costing hundreds of lives and Billions of dollars.

        I applaud the man for his courage, but only wish that courage was displayed back home in ways that build our nation, rather than destroy others.

        September 15, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
      • Duane W

        Tracy- Oh yes it is such a waste to go after the very people who struck at us first. Should we just leave now and wait ten more years before a larger attack happens again against civilians on American soil?
        It is sad that the bleeding hearts like you tend to forget what propelled us into Afghanistan 9 years ago. When we become complacent and we forget what happens there are others in the world who look for that hole to place us in.
        I was a soldier and we know our duty. We serve the people of these United States with a government elected by the people period. To do any different would make the military no better then the military rulers in countries as most of Africa and South America.
        Be thankful we have men and women like this, willing to fight and die so you can complain. God Bless the greatest country on this planet.

        September 15, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jay G

        Tracy – it's braver to stand up to our Government? Seriously? What an idiotic comment. We have plenty of people back home standing up and railing against our Government. There's no risk in that. What this young man did is far more brave than being some political hack or whiner.

        September 15, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
      • Tracy

        The flames are exactly what I expected, but Duane, We were not attacked by Iraq, so why were we fighting there? Furthermore, if the US were the global citizen we claim to be then we would do as much to rebuild these countries after we raze them, we might not invoke the ire of these countries. Furthermore, if we were not the puppet of Israeli politics and gave the Palestinians their own country, them perhaps the Arab world might actually believe the propaganda we foist upon the world.

        Our military was what propelled us to prosperity and it will be what ruins us as the Chinese build an economy based on debt to fund our follies.

        September 15, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
      • parmaus

        More right-wing bla-bla-bla!

        September 15, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        Tracy, these heroes are literally putting their lives on the line, giving us years of service far away from home protecting the freedom we have so cowards can march in protest against this war that was thrust upon us by the most evil people in the world.

        I think it's pretty obvious which takes more courage.

        September 15, 2010 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
      • Former Marine

        Tracy... I'm not sure if you read this article... But the man was awarded for actions while serving in Afghanistan, not Iraq, your comment about why we're fighting the war in Iraq, yeah, just made you seem like an idiot who knows nothing of the topic. Thanks for playing though.

        September 15, 2010 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
      • Mike

        Thank you former marine for saying what I wanted to say. Iraq is not Afghanistan and it annoys me that most people are clueless about that. I guess that's what happens when only 1% of the population serve but everyone's an expert ...

        September 16, 2010 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
    • AnaHadWolves

      Amen to that! The Medal of Honor is earned many times over in blood, misery, tragedy, tears, bravery and triumph over evil.

      Congratulations to ALL the men and women who serve the US in uniform; in my opinion, they all qualify for the Medal of Honor.

      September 15, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nick

      Winning is the term that has always been used to this, it doesn't matter if it sounds right or not, its just the way its described.

      Anyway congratulations to SSG Giunta, he sounds like a real hero.

      September 15, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jaybob

        I suppose we'll going to be hearing all this right-wing bla-bla-bla for a while.It's already old.

        September 15, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        The terrorist supporting Pakis are easy to spot–they don't know how to punctuate properly and hide behind numerous handles.

        September 15, 2010 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob Ramos

      You are 1000% right. This young hero was/is incredible. If I lived in his parent's neighborhood, his father would never have to buy another beer. It would be an honor to treat someone who brought up a man like this.

      September 15, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • rsfselig

      this is true buyt what is your point, hopefully just correcting the propper term to earned and not diminishing his actions

      September 15, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  58. joe

    A real Hero

    September 15, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Russell

      For the record you dont win medals you earn them and they must be awarded by command. The Medal Of Honor is the highest award and not given lightly. Most are awarded to the family of a hero. It's about time one was awarded in this war. There are many Heroes and they arise when the situation dictates. No one plans to get the Medal of Honor! It happens when a GI goes way above the call of duty and results in saving many lives or the unselfish act of risking life and limbs to aide your comrads. Audie Murphie is the most decorated GI in American Military and was an accomplished Holly Wood Actor after WWII. I spent 40 years in the Military and awarded Bronze Star, most Military members honestly dont think they deserve the awards but when times get difficult people areis to the occasion and go above and beyond mostly adrenalin. Again the US is full of heroes that protect the country daily.

      September 15, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
      • KPL

        I believe it was Chesty Puller who was the most decorated Marine in US history. Audie Murphy was the most decorated soldier in WW2, not the same thing but I get your point and understand how you could make that mistake. Chesty was just around a heck of a lot longer and fought in many, many more engagements "Good night, Chesty Puller, wherever you are!"

        September 15, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
      • Hugh

        Audie Murphy is the most decorated soldier in American history, Chesty Puller is the most decorated Marine. No comparison is required, Audie Murphy is above and beyond anyone who's ever served...

        September 15, 2010 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |