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Additional honor for Medal of Honor Winner

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (KWWL)-- The first living medal of honor recipient since the Vietnam War was honored again Wednesday at the Pentagon.

"He is the embodiment of our warrior ethos.  I will always place the mission first.  I will never accept defeat.  I will never quit and I will never leave a fallen comrade," General George W. Casey Jr. said.

Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta was inducted into the Hall of Heroes. His name and the details of his service join those of other 3,400 other Americans, including 2,400 fellow soldiers.

"Most importantly, Sal is a living example.  A reminder to America that there are heros, modern heroes who live and walk among us. Heroes who are still fighting and dying to protect us everyday," Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said.

Giunta was awarded the Medal of Honor Tuesday by President Obama for his courageous actions during combat in Afghanistan in October of 2007.

"I feel the pressure on my shoulders of all these great people that have given everything and they can't be here for the handshake, the congratulations, but I want to say congratulations in a public forum amongst my friends, my peers, my seniors. Thank you," SSG Sal Giunta said.

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