For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at
the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty:
Specialist Salvatore A. Giunta distinguished
himself conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of
his life above and beyond the call of duty in action with an armed
enemy in the Korengal Valley, Afghanistan, on October 25, 2007.
While conducting a patrol as team leader with Company B, 2d
Battalion (Airborne), 503d Infantry Regiment, Specialist Giunta and
his team were navigating through harsh terrain when they were
ambushed by a well-armed and well-coordinated insurgent force.
While under heavy enemy fire, Specialist Giunta
immediately sprinted towards cover and engaged the enemy. Seeing
that his squad leader had fallen and believing that he had been
injured, Specialist Giunta exposed himself to withering enemy fire
and raced towards his squad leader, helped him to cover, and
administered medical aid. While administering first aid, enemy fire
struck Specialist Giunta's body armor and his secondary weapon.
Without regard to the ongoing fire, Specialist Giunta engaged the
enemy before prepping and throwing grenades, using the explosions
for cover in order to conceal his position.
Attempting to reach additional wounded fellow
soldiers who were separated from the squad, Specialist Giunta and
his team encountered a barrage of enemy fire that forced them to the
ground. The team continued forward and upon reaching the wounded
soldiers, Specialist Giunta realized that another soldier was still
separated from the element. Specialist Giunta then advanced forward
on his own initiative. As he crested the top of a hill, he observed
two insurgents carrying away an American soldier.
He immediately engaged the enemy, killing one
and wounding the other. Upon reaching the wounded soldier, he began
to provide medical aid, as his squad caught up and provided
security. Specialist Giunta's unwavering courage, selflessness, and
decisive leadership while under extreme enemy fire were integral to
his platoon's ability to defeat an enemy ambush and recover a fellow
American soldier from the enemy.
Specialist Salvatore A. Giunta's extraordinary
heroism and selflessness above and beyond the call of duty are in
keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect
great credit upon himself, Company B, 2d Battalion (Airborne), 503d
Infantry Regiment, and the United States Army.