The Medal of Honor Memorial in Indianapolis, Indiana, will soon have two new names etched upon it.
Army Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta, a rifle team leader assigned to Company B, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment, will receive the Medal of Honor for his brave actions when he rescued a fellow soldier who had been wounded and taken prisoner by insurgents during an ambush on US troops.
SSG Salvatore Giunta is the first living soldier to recieve the award since the Vietnam War. The previous seven medals earned during operations in Iraq and Afghanistan have been awarded posthumously.
The Medal of Honor will also be awarded posthumously to Special Forces SSG Robert J. Miller for his heroic performance in Afghanistan when he sacrificed his life to save others. President Obama will present the medal to the parents at a White House ceremony on October 6.
The Medal of Honor is America’s highest highest military decoration awarded by the US government. It is bestowed on members of the US Armed Forces who distinguish themselves “conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his or her life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States.”