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    Thumbs up First non-posthumus Medal of Honor since Vietnam

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/17/us...s/17medal.html

    The wikipedia article has a diagram of the ambush, man they were in seriously deep sh-t.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvatore_Giunta

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    Inside Edition has a segment on this now. It will be a discovery Ch. Special. Video was there that day.

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    Very good to see this recognized as it has been and on a national level.

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    Very badass. I read of this a while ago in great detail as to what happened. Here is something written by another ex military man.

    "When I was in the Air Force many years ago, I learned that enlisted members salute officers, and officers return the salute. There's one exception: military tradition requires that everyone, regardless of rank, salutes a Medal of Honor recipient, and the medal of honor recipient returns the salute. There were still a few Vietnam era Medal of Honor recipients around at that time.
    Sergeant Guinta is the only active duty enlisted man who would be saluted by the members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. I'm sure they'd be honored to do so
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    This is what I found most interesting...

    I did what I did because in the scheme of painting the picture of that ambush, that was just my brush stroke. That’s not above and beyond. I didn’t take the biggest brush stroke, and it wasn’t the most important brush stroke. Hearing the Medal of Honor is like a slap in the face.
    Not sure how this makes me feel about the whole thing.

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    That was his initial immediate reaction. It sounds like his tune has changed since then. He may have very well been under a lot of stress at that time.

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    I am not nor have been military, but some of my very best friends are. That being said, is it not against the grain that is instilled to stand out as such? Meaning someones first reaction that is in the military and is true to the uniform would automatically shrug the thought of being singled out.

    I may be a bit off base, but my friend that did 2 tours as a marine took two years to tell anyone of the two medals he was awarded...

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    Quote Originally Posted by onebadmollafolla View Post
    That was his initial immediate reaction. It sounds like his tune has changed since then. He may have very well been under a lot of stress at that time.
    Yeah, he's humble too. A definite hero.

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