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Dakota Meyer and nine others: what they did to receive the Medal of Honor

For going above and beyond the call of duty, Marine Sgt. Dakota Meyer was awarded Thursday the Medal of Honor, the US government’s highest military decoration. Here is a look at him and nine other men who risked their lives to protect America.

- Andrew MachContributor

President Barack Obama applauds after presenting the Medal of Honor to Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta, who rescued two members of his squad in October 2007 while fighting in the war in Afghanistan, Nov. 16, 2010, at the White House in Washington.
(J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

3. Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta

Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta was awarded the Medal of Honor for risking his life to save two members of his squad from being captured in Korengal Valley, Afghanistan. For his bravery during the incident in October 2007, Giunta was also inducted into what military officials refer to as the Pentagon’s most sacred place: its Hall of Heroes. Obama presented the Medal of Honor in November of last year at the White House.

“This was a situation we were put into. I was just one brush stroke in that picture, and everyone else was one brush stroke in that picture,” Giunta said. “And what I wasn’t was the first brush stroke of that picture, and it wasn’t the last brush stroke in that picture, and it wasn’t the best. It was just another brush stroke that helped, you know, complete this picture. In this job, I am only mediocre. I’m average. “

Giunta, who has often been lauded for his modesty in interviews, was the first living Medal of Honor recipient for service in Iraq and Afghanistan.


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