Medal of Honor Winner Giunta To Visit Nebraska

Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta, of Hiawatha, Iowa, the first living Medal of Honor recipient from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, waves to the crowd as he rides on the back of a Hiawatha fire truck with his wife Jennifer during a parade in his honor Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010 in Hiawatha. (Brian Ray/ SourceMedia Group News)


By Richard Pratt

ASHLAND, Neb. (AP) — Hiawatha native Salvatore Giunta will join at least one other Medal of Honor winner for an event at the Strategic Air and Space Museum near Ashland.

The 25-year-old Army staff sergeant is the only living soldier from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to receive the nation's highest honor for battlefield heroism.

Organizers told the Lincoln Journal Star that Giunta and a World War II winner of the Medal of Honor, 87-year-old Hershel "Woody" Williams, of Ona, W.Va., will be at the museum on Jan. 15. More Medal of Honor winners are being invited to share the day's honors.

Giunta is a native of Hiawatha, Iowa. He was decorated for his valor on Oct. 25, 2007, in northeastern Afghanistan.

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