Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Life Won’t Be Same for MoH Recipient Giunta

Life Won’t Be Same for MoH Recipient Giunta
November 16, 2010
Stars and Stripes | by Leo Shane III

WASHINGTON -- "Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta has made no attempt to hide just how uncomfortable he is with the attention and accolades surrounding the Medal of Honor that he’ll formally receive on Tuesday."

I feel so proud of this kid. Like every other MoH or Silver Star recipient, he doesn't see himself as a hero. As he put it, “I’m a regular line Soldier".

There was an NCIS episode titles "Call of Silence" in which Charles Durning played a WWII MoH recipient. Durning actually did serve in the war and was awarded several decorations, including the Combat Infantryman's Badge, Silver Star Medal, Bronze Star Medal, and three Purple Hearts. He was also one of a few survivors of the infamous massacre of American POWs by German SS troops at Malmedy, Belgium. The character he played in this episode was very much like himself. And, like Sgt. Giunta, the expression of being nothing special and not really deserving of the accolades is part of the character makeup these kind of hero's exhibit.

They were just doing their job.

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