Giunta, Salvatore, SSG

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
2009-2011, 11B, 173rd Airborne Brigade
Service Years
2003 - 2011

Staff Sergeant

Two Service Stripes

Four Overseas Service Bars

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team

 Unofficial Badges 


 Additional Information
What are you doing now:
Sal is from a family of Italian descent.  He grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Hiawatha.  His parents are Steven and Rosemary Giunta.  Steven is a medical equipment technician, while Rosemary is a preschool teacher.  They currently live in Hiawatha.  Sal has two younger siblings, Mario and Katie.  Sal attended John F. Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids.  At the age of 17 and while working at the local Subway sandwich shop, he decided to enlist  and joined the Army in November 2003.  After attending Basic Training and Infantry School at Fort Benning, Georgia he apparently went to Jump School and earned his paratrooper wings.  He was then assigned to 503d Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team.  He wasdeployed to Afganistan in March 2005 until March 2006 and again from May 2007 until July 2008.  He is currently stationed at Caserma Ederle, with the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team's base near Vicenza, Italy with his unit  the 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Combat Team.  He presently is working in a support role for members of his unit currently deployed in Afganistan.  He married Jennifer Lynn Mueller, a native of Dubuque, Iowa, in October 2009 after several years of dating.  On March 7, 20011, he announced plans to leave the Army in June 2011 to attend school at Colorado State University where he and his wife, Jennifer Lynn, plan to move.

Last Known Activity

Sal has participated in seven training deployments to Germany and two training deployments to the Joint Multinational Readiness Center, Hohenfels, Germany.  He currently serves as Rear Detachment Non-Commissioned Officer-in-Charge (NCOIC) of Battle Company, responsible for the health, welfare, morale, training and accountablity of all assigned Sky Soldiers.  He has graduated from the NBC (Nuclear, Chemical, Biological) Defense Course, Unit Armorer's Course, Combat Lifesaver Course, Warrior Leader Course, and Rear Detachment Leaders Course, in addition to the Italian Airborne School.

Medal of Honor Citation

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, Afganistan, 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 spirited 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 toward 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.
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Other Awards Sal has earned:
Germany Jump Wings (Bronze)

German Parachutist Badge

Great Britain - Jump Wings

British Parachutist Badge

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

Parachutist (Basic)
Italy - Jump Wings

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  2003, Basic Training (Fort Benning, GA), A
 Unit Assignments
Airborne School2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne)2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne)Joint Multinational Readiness Center (Cadre), Germany
173rd Airborne Brigade
  2003-2004, Airborne School
  2004-2005, 11B, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne)/B Company
  2004-2005, 11B, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne)/B Company
  2004-2005, 11B, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne)/B Company
  2005-2006, 11B, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne)/B Company
  2007-2007, 11B, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne)/B Company
  2007-2008, 11B, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne)/B Company
  2008-2008, 11B, Infantry Basic NCO Course (BNCOC)
  2008-2009, 11B, Joint Multinational Readiness Center (Cadre), Germany
  2009-2009, 11B, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne)/B Company
  2009-2011, 11B, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne)/B Company
  2009-2011, 11B, 173rd Airborne Brigade
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  2005-2005 Consolidation I (2001-06)/Zabul Province Operations against Taliban
  2005-2006 Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) /OEF - Afghanistan
  2006-2006 Consolidation II (2006-09)/Operation Mountain Fury
  2007-2007 Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)
  2007-2007 Consolidation II (2006-09)/Battle of Chora
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