Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta Enters Hall of Heroes

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates poses for a group photo with Medal of Honor recipient Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta and his team members from Company B, 2nd Battalion, Airborne, 503rd Infantry Regiment, just prior to Giunta's induction ceremony into the Hall of Heroes at the Pentagon, Nov. 17, 2010. Giunta, the first living Medal of Honor recipient since the Vietnam War, received the nation's highest honor for his actions of valor during an enemy attack in the Korengal Valley of Afghanistan, Oct. 2007 where he risked his life to save the lives of his fellow soldiers. DOD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates shares a laugh with Medal of Honor recipient Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta, second from right, and members of Company B, 2nd Battalion, Airborne, 503rd Infantry Regiment, in Gates' office at the Pentagon, Nov. 17, 2010. DOD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates gives out Secretary of Defense ball caps to Medal of Honor recipient Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta and the men of Company B, 2nd Battalion, Airborne, 503rd Infantry Regiment, during their visit to the Pentagon, Nov. 17, 2010. DOD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates speaks to Jennifer Giunta, wife of Medal of Honor recipient Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta, and members of their families in his office at the Pentagon, Nov. 17, 2010. DOD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • Medal of Honor recipient Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta and his family meet with Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates in his office at the Pentagon, Nov. 17, 2010. DOD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey, Jr., speaks with family members of Medal of Honor recipient U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta during their visit to the Pentagon, Nov. 17, 2010. DOD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • Medal of Honor recipient Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta shares a laugh with his brother and sister during their visit to the Pentagon, Nov. 17, 2010. DOD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey, Jr. and Medal of Honor recipient Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta walk to the Pentagon Auditorium to participate in Giunta's induction ceremony into the Hall of Heroes at the Pentagon, Nov. 17, 2010. DOD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • Left to right, Medal of Honor recipient Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, Giunta's wife Jennifer, and Secretary of the Army John McHugh speak backstage just prior to Giunta's induction ceremony into the Hall of Heroes at the Pentagon, Nov. 17, 2010. DOD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • Medal of Honor recipient Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta and his team members from Company B, 2nd Battalion, Airborne, 503rd Infantry Regiment, stand to be recognized during Giunta's induction ceremony into the Hall of Heroes at the Pentagon, Nov. 17, 2010. DOD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • Medal of Honor recipient Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta looks over at his team members from Company B, 2nd Battalion, Airborne, 503rd Infantry Regiment, as they stand to be recognized during Giunta's induction ceremony into the Hall of Heroes at the Pentagon, Nov. 17, 2010. DOD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. addresses the audience during an induction ceremony into the Hall of Heroes for Medal of Honor recipient Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta at the Pentagon, Nov. 17, 2010. DOD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • Secretary of the Army Jonn McHugh addresses the audience during an induction ceremony into the Hall of Heroes for Medal of Honor recipient Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta at the Pentagon, Nov. 17, 2010. DOD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates addresses the audience during an induction ceremony into the Hall of Heroes for Medal of Honor recipient U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta at the Pentagon, Nov. 17, 2010. DOD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • An audience member reads about Medal of Honor recipient U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta during his induction ceremony into the Hall of Heroes at the Pentagon, Nov. 17, 2010. DOD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates addresses the audience during the induction ceremony into the Hall of Heroes for Medal of Honor recipient Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta at the Pentagon, Nov. 17, 2010. Giunta, the award's first living recipient since the Vietnam War, received the nation's highest honor for his actions during an enemy attack in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley in October, 2007. DOD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • Medal of Honor recipient Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta and his family listen as Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates addresses the audience during Giunta's induction ceremony into the Hall of Heroes at the Pentagon, Nov. 17, 2010. DOD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • From left to right: Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, Army Secretary John McHugh, Medal of Honor recipient Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta, his wife Jennifer Giunta, Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. and Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth O. Preston listen to Giunta's citation during his induction ceremony into the Hall of Heroes at the Pentagon, Nov. 17, 2010. DOD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • Secretary of the Army John McHugh presents a plaque to Medal of Honor recipient Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta during his induction ceremony into the Hall of Heroes at the Pentagon, Nov. 17, 2010. DOD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • Medal of Honor recipient Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta and his wife Jennifer unveil his plaque during his induction ceremony into the Hall of Heroes at the Pentagon, Nov. 17, 2010. DOD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates presents the Medal of Honor flag to Medal of Honor recipient Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta during the soldier's induction into the Hall of Heroes at the Pentagon, Nov. 17, 2010. DOD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • Medal of Honor recipient Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta thanks his teammates from Company B, 2nd Battalion, Airborne, 503rd Infantry Regiment and all those in the room who helped shape his life, during his induction ceremony into the Hall of Heroes at the Pentagon, Nov. 17, 2010. DOD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • Medal of Honor recipient U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta thanks his teammates from Company B, 2nd Battalion, Airborne, 503rd Infantry Regiment and all those in the room that helped shape his life, during his induction ceremony into the Hall of Heroes at the Pentagon, Nov. 17, 2010. DOD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • Medal of Honor recipient  Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta thanks his teammates from Company B, 2nd Battalion, Airborne, 503rd Infantry Regiment and all those in the room that helped shape his life, during his induction ceremony into the Hall of Heroes at the Pentagon, Nov. 17, 2010. DOD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • Medal of Honor recipient Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta thanks his teammates from Company B, 2nd Battalion, Airborne, 503rd Infantry Regiment and all those in the room who helped shape his life, during his induction ceremony into the Hall of Heroes at the Pentagon, Nov. 17, 2010. DOD photo by Cherie Cullen