Staff Sergeant Steve Giunta is the first living Medal of Honor recipient since Vietnam.
Giunta has said repeatedly that he doesn't want the medal, and that he was only doing what any soldier would have done when he charged into enemy fire and saved Joshua Brennan, of McFarland and other fellow soldiers.More >>
Sgt. Joshua Brennan of McFarland / Courtesy of Wisconsin State Journal
Three years after Sgt. Joshua Brennan of McFarland was killed during an Afghan ambush, his friend and fellow soldier is recognized by the president.More >>
UNDATED (WKOW) -- We're finally hearing from the first living soldier to receive the Medal of Honor since Vietnam.
Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta is being recognized for saving a soldier from Wisconsin. Giunta went above the call of duty in October of 2007 while serving in Afghanistan. He fought off two Taliban soldiers when they shot and tried to carry away Sgt. Joshua Brennan of McFarland.
Brennan later died of his injuries.
Giunta says he thinks about that time and his good friend, multiple times each day.
"I'll always think of him fondly, I'll always think of him the way he was and someone who gave everything for his country," said Giunta.
"If everyone who had gone above and beyond the call of duty receive the Medal of Honor, I think everyone I stand with would have the Medal of Honor."
Giunta says his heart started racing when he got the call from President Obama, who told him he would be receiving the honor.
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