Medals of Honor have been rare since the end of the Vietnam war. And not one of the recipients from the recent deployments have been alive to have the iconic blue ribbon with the gold star draped around his neck. Until now. On Tuesday, Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta will be awarded the nation's highest medal for valor for his actions in Afghanistan.
See more on Giunta's story, details of the battle and background on the medal
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