Medal of Honor Winner to Speak at Mizzou

8 years 10 months 2 weeks ago Monday, November 07 2011 Nov 7, 2011 Monday, November 07, 2011 3:29:00 AM CST November 07, 2011 in News
By: Associated Press

COLUMBIA (AP) - One of the only living recipients of the Medal of Honor for wartime valor is scheduled to speak Tuesday night at the University of Missouri.

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta received the medal in November 2010 for his service as a rifle team leader in Afghanistan. He exposed himself to enemy fire to save a soldier when his platoon came under attack in 2007 and also shot two insurgents attempting to carry off another U.S. soldier.

Giunta was the first living service member from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to receive the highest U.S. military decoration. Two other Afghanistan war veterans have since received the medal.

He is scheduled to speak at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Jesse Auditorium on the Missouri campus. The public lecture is free.

 

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