Medal of Honor Recipient Flooded with Media Attention

By Dave Franzman, Reporter


By Tracey McCullough

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - An Eastern Iowa Medal of Honor recipient is still waiting for word on when he will come to Washington, D.C. to receive the honor.

Last Thursday, President Obama phoned Staff Sergeant Sal Giunta at his post in Italy to announce the news.

The Cedar Rapids Kennedy High School grad becomes the first living Medal of Honor recipient since the Vietnam War.

For someone who grew up in Cedar Rapids and Hiawatha and considers himself just an average soldier... the last few days have gone by in a blur.

Sgt. Giunta told me he's spent hours on the phone with the media and hosted both U.S. and international correspondents at his base in Italy.

Everybody wants to know about that terrible day in October of 2007 when Sgt. Giunta charged Taliban fighters to rescue a wounded soldier...a soldier who was his best friend. Those in his unit are proud of him too.

Staff Sergeant Giunta says he still doesn't know what the future holds...if he will make the military a career. Nor does he know when he'll leave for the White House.

One military leader in Iowa says the usual timetable is a ceremony 3 to 4 weeks after an announcement.
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