The first living person to receive the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War spoke at Arcadia High School on Thursday, February 20. Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta was recognized with America’s highest military honor, awarded for personal acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty, for his heroic actions in Afghanistan after advancing into enemy fire while under attack from the Taliban, and rescuing one of his fellow sergeants who was shot and being dragged away by two enemy soldiers.
Staff Sergeant Salvatore, who has also been awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star spoke with students and staff at Arcadia High School as a part of the Medal of Honor Character Development Program in partnership with the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation.
Staff Sergeant Salvatore shred his story as part of “Lessons of Personal Bravery and Self-Sacrifice.” The concepts of courage, commitment, sacrifice, patriotism, integrity, and citizenship were key to his address. That in addition to being a team member and not worrying about self.
There are fewer than 80 living recipients of the Medal of Honor.