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February 8, 2011; 5:39 PM ET

Staff Sgt. Sal Giunta, the first living service member from the wars in Afghanistan or Iraq to receive the Medal of Honor, will leave the Army in mid-June, the Pentagon said Tuesday.

Giunta, 26, plans to move with his wife to Fort Collins, Colo. and will use the G.I. Bill to continue his education, according to Army spokesman George Wright. He is currently stationed in Vicenza, Italy as a member of the 2nd Battalion, 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade.

The Medal of Honor is considered the nation’s highest military honor. In announcing the award, the White House said in September that Giunta’s “courage and leadership while under extreme enemy fire were integral to his platoon’s ability [to] defeat an enemy ambush and recover a fellow American paratrooper from enemy hands.”

During a Oct. 25, 2007 firefight with Taliban fighters, Giunta ran straight into an ambush to aid three wounded soldiers.

The award came after years of complaints from lawmakers, military officers and veterans groups that the Pentagon had yet to consider troops from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq for the honor.

from:  http://voices.washingtonpost.com/federal-eye/2011/02/medal_of_honor_recipient_sal_g.html

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Sal Giunta was born on January 21st, 1985 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvatore_Giunta

January 21st, 1985

1 + 21 +2+0+1+1 = 26 = his personal year (from January 21st, 2011 to January 20th, 2012) = Popular.  Photos.  In the news.

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