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Giunta inducted into Pentagon Hall Of Heroes

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (KWWL)-- Less than 24 hours after receiving the Congressional Medal of Honor, Iowan, Salvatore Giunta, of Hiawatha, is inducted into The Pentagon Hall of Heroes in Washington, D.C.

The Hall of Heroes is an elite group of medal winners; all are winners of the Congressional Medal of Honor, our nation's highest individual award for valor and bravery.

U.S. Secretary of the Army, John McHugh, presided over Sal Giunta's Hall of Heroes induction Wednesday at The Pentagon. Staff Giunta joins this ‘Who's Who' of American military heroes. The humble Iowa hero once again trying again to shift the focus away from him.

The whirlwind trip to Washington also brought another award for the modest Iowan. Defense Secretary, Robert Gates presented Sal with the Medal of Honor Flag, which commemorates the sacrifices and blood shed for our freedom.

In joining the Hall of Heroes, Staff St. Giunta joins an elite list of more than 34-hundred Medal of Honor winners already in the Hall of Heroes. Wednesday, Sal seemed more at ease with his fellow soldiers in the audience, but as he mentioned, it's bittersweet.

He told the crowd, "To all the ones that can't be here.  Not just one or two, but all of them.  Not just from the 173rd, not just from Battle Company, but from all services.  The Army, The Air Force, The Navy, the Marines, The Coast Guard, The National Guard, The Reserves. Everyone who has ever given so much more than I'll ever know.  I want to say thank you to those men who can't hear that.  Those men and women.  Without them I'm nothing.  I'm nothing.  I haven't given anything compared to them."

Of Sal, Secretary Gates says, "As what moves Sgt. Giunta to walk through the wall of lead to reach his wounded and pinned down comrades... A decision to put his own life at risk so others could live.  An act that places him squarely among those magnificent few being worthy of this honor."  Watch the video.

Online Reporter:  Ron Steele

rsteele@kwwl.com 

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