A compelling memoir from a true hero - and one of the few living persons to ever be awarded the celebrated Medal of Honor.
Sal Giunta was just a regular kid from Iowa when he enlisted in the army to figure out what to do with his life. He never thought that a few tours of duty later, he would be the first living person since the Vietnam War to be awarded the esteemed Medal of Honor.
First stationed in Italy and then deployed into Afghanistan, Giunta had a firsthand perspective of the ground war and its daily difficulties - some quotidian in nature, some anything but. He and around 150 of his company were stationed in the dangerous Korengal Valley in 2007, where some of the most intense fighting in the war had taken place. Giunta called it, “basically hell on earth”.
Late one night in October of 2007, Giunta’s company embarked on a sting operation into the Taliban’s forces. They were ambushed on a rugged mountain path by 20 insurgents. Giunta sprang into action and with little regard for his own safety, he withstood enemy fire to administer medical aid to his wounded fellow soldiers - even rescuing one soldier who was being carried away by the insurgents - until his squad reached safety.
For the unrivaled bravery and selflessness of his actions, Giunta was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Obama. In this fascinating and riveting memoir, he depicts the realities of war, as well as the moment-by-moment details of the event that earned him the nation’s highest distinction.
©2012 Sal Giunta (P)2012 Simon & Schuster, Inc
Just finished “Living with Honor: A Memoir” by Sal Giunta. I found it to be an excellent read and I highly recommend it. For those who don’t know; Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta is the first living recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War. He is also a Cougar ’04 (alum of Kennedy HS in Cedar Rapids, IA).Though a couple decades earlier; as an alum of Kennedy HS myself, I easily relate to much of his early story about growing up in Cedar Rapids and attending Kennedy. As a veteran, with a combat MOS, Sgt Giunta’s depiction of enlistment, training and comradery brought back so many memories; few unwanted, but most more than welcome and missed. For that I thank him. That said, I cannot imagine, not even remotely, the experience this brave man and his “boys” went through in Afghanistan or the impacts of those experiences has had on them, their families and their friends.Sgt. Giunta, I thank you and your buddies for your sacrifice to serve and protect this great nation and I thank you for sharing your journey with us. I’m so thankful we have citizens like you. God Bless !!!
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. True heroes are few and far between. Circumstance are never the same, challenges are always different, but heroes float to the top. They are not perfect; like all of us they have their flaws, but when steel meets steel their character shines as a beacon for all of us. Sgt. Giunta and Lt Zamperini rise to the highest level.
The scene that describes how Sgt. Giunta earned the Medal of Honor is a great story, though horrific because of the loss of life. But honestly my favorite was when Sal ran into a high school classmate in Italy that led to his meeting his future wife Jenny.
There were many, but the one that most moved me was the letter Sgt. Giunta received from his father.
Only about 1% of our population stand guard to protect our freedom and liberty. These are volunteers who believe in this great experiment in democracy so much that they ante their own lives. Not all of us can match their strength, their patriotism or their sacrifice, but all can and should thank them, praise them and support them.
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Sal Giuntas accounts of army life in Afganistan, he loyalty to the me he served with and the humble manner he accepted his Medal of Honor are inspiring. It is a story of a tough soldier a tough man who did his duty and with out intent found himself a hero. What a wonderful read of a man easy to respect and admire
The loss of men who were supposed to be invinsible giants.
Excels at bringing to story to life in the passion with which they tell it
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Thank you Sal, for your brave and compassionate duty to our nation and your fellow men in arms. Great story. Ive never listened to a story like this before. I was totally enthralled and felt your every emotion. Well done!
great telling of the selfless dedication of our military and the modesty with which they perform their roles and watch their brethen.
can't wait to hear the Sargeant speak to our group in FL next month.
I've listened to a few war memoirs now on audible and this one is probably the best. 5 stars for narration. The story was everything I'd hoped it would be. Not exceptionally violent like others I have read but that's okay. I really find that, unfortunately, without quality narration, some great books don't get the chance to show their worth. I would really recommend reading this or listening to it, depending on where you read this review. Quality all around.
I enjoyed all the details of this book especially the emphasis placed on the difficulties of reintegrating. Giunta is a humble and well deserving recipient of the Medal of Honor.
This is one of my first reviews. I admit, I listen to a TON of military/military historical books. This has been by far one of the best and most memorable. I would highly recommend it to anyone.
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