WASHINGTON, D.C. (WKOW)-- President Barack Obama will award the Medal of Honor to a solider from Iowa for trying to save a McFarland soldier.
On November 16, at the White House, President Barack Obama will award Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta, U.S. Army, the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry.
Staff Sergeant Giunta will receive the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions during combat operations against an armed enemy in the Korengal Valley, Afghanistan in October, 2007.
After Joshua Brennan of McFarland was mortally wounded during an ambush in battle, Taliban fighters began dragging him away. Giunta, who was leading the patrol, charged into enemy fire, killing one enemy fighter and wounding another before dragging Brennan back. A few minutes earlier, Giunta had rescued another soldier too. Brennan later died of his wounds.
Giunta will be the first living soldier to receive the country's highest military decoration since Vietnam.
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