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Hiawatha's Sal Giunta to Receive Medal of Honor

  • 15 November, 2010
  • Jared

Congratulations to Staff Sgt. Sal Giunta of Hiawatha who will be awarded the Medal of Honor Tuesday at the White House by President Obama.   

The Medal of Honor is the nation’s highest military award for valor.  This is the first one awarded to a living soldier since the Vietnam War, when Sioux City’s George “Bud” Day received the Medal of Honor in 1976.

Giunta and his wife, Jennifer, and father, Steve, rode RAGBRAI last summer with Team Take a Break.  The young couple even completed the Karras Loop… and then some.  (See Jennifer Jacob’s story from the Sunday Register).

His father has ridden RAGBRAI for many years with Team Take a Break, but the timing to ride RAGBRAI was never right due to Sal’s deployments, until this past summer.  “He really enjoyed his first RAGBRAI and hopes to be able able to do it again, depending on where he is stationed,” said Gary Mulholland, one of the founders of Team Take a Break.  Take a Break is based out of Clinton, Iowa where Sgt. Giunta was born.  “He is a humble young man that simply stated he was doing what he was trained to do.”

Speaking of training, Mulholland was impressed by the way Sgt. Giunta tackled Potter’s Hill outside of Dubuque.  “He said he trained on some really big ‘hills’ while stationed in Italy, so he was ready!” claimed Mulholland.

Congratulations Sgt. Giunta!  We are all proud of you!

5 Comments

  1. Julie Thomas

    Thank you for all you and your fellow soldiers have sacrificed to help us feel safe and comfortable. I am thankful every day of my life for you!

  2. Schley Cox

    I sure hope to give you a salute as you fly by me next July. Thank you, and Go Airborne!

  3. Michael taylor

    Thank you and your fellow soldiers for the courage you showed.

  4. SFC JKL2

    Congratulations. Hope to see you on the road next year. Getting it cleared thru your PAO shouldn’t be any trouble for a MOH recipient. Some of us will have more trouble. We’ll have a frosty margarita waiting for you at the Team Army Reserve camp.

  5. teamsniff

    From a past Veteran of the 60’s I want to thank you for your service and congratulate you on your Honor.
    If I see you on the road you will know because you will hear “On Your Left” Hope to see you next year on the Rag

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