Medal of Honor for living soldier: first time since Vietnam
Medal of Honor bestowals from Iraq and Afghanistan – seven of them – have all occurred posthumously. Now Iowa Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta will receive a Medal of Honor for bravery during battle in Afghanistan.

The first living soldier to receive a Medal of Honor for the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan got a phone call from the president Thursday thanking him for his service and his “extraordinary bravery” in battle, according to the White House.

Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta from Hiawatha, Iowa, was assigned to Company B, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment as a rifle team leader on October 25, 2007 when he rescued a fellow soldier who had been wounded and taken prisoner by insurgents during an ambush on US troops.

what an honor. salute