Posted by: Jacqui Murray | February 18, 2011

Medal of Honor Recipient Sal Giunta Retires

Staff Sgt. Sal Guinta, featured on this blog as a Wednesday Hero for selfless acts of bravery that led to a Medal of Honor for this living hero, is retiring from the military. Here’s the story:

Medal of Honor recipient Staff Sgt. Sal Giunta is leaving the military.

Giunta has decided not to sign a contract for continued service in the U.S. Army, public affairs officer Todd Oliver told The Des Moines Register Tuesday.

The popular 26-year-old Hiawatha native has been the face of the Afghanistan war since President Obama presented him with the nation’s highest military award in November.

“SSG Giunta’s military service will end on or about 13 June,” Oliver wrote in an e-mail from Italy.

Giunta is a noncommissioned officer in the 2nd Battalion, 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade. He is currently assigned to a base in Vincenza, Italy, called Caserma Ederle, where he aids military operations in Afghanistan.

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