Two years ago today, the President presented the Medal of Honor to Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta—the first living service member from the Iraq or Afghanistan wars to receive it. During the award reception in the East Room of the White House, the President offered deep gratitude for his service, and candidly remarked how much he respected Sergeant Giunta:
Now, I’m going to go off-script here for a second and just say I really like this guy," said the President to laughter and applause. "I think anybody -- we all just get a sense of people and who they are, and when you meet Sal and you meet his family, you are just absolutely convinced that this is what America is all about.
Check out these ceremonies of other brave Americans the President has awarded with the Medal of Honor:
- Sergeant Dakota Meyer
- Sergeant First Class Leroy Arthur Petry
- Staff Sergeant Robert J. Miller
- Chief Master Sergeant Richard L. Etchberger
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