The first living recipient for the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan has been officially announced. This info has been running around milblogs for a couple of months now, but the award to Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta for his heroism has finally been made official. And none too soon enough for many of us who continue to follow the actions of our brothers and sisters far away. SSG Giunta, you truly exemplify what is finest in the fighting forces of the United States. We all stand a little taller hearing this, and our pride in you and the men you fought side by side with in Battle, 2/503rd knows no bounds. Hooah.
For anyone interested in an account of this fine unit, pick up a copy of WAR by Sebastian Junger. Mr. Junger shows what it means to be a war correspondent. Hats off to you sir, for bringing the stories of these folks to the public.