Yesterday, Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta officially become the first living service member in 40 years to be awarded the Medal of Honor. Think about that for a moment. That’s incredible.
If you haven’t, stop what you’re doing and: read President Obama’s full Medal Of Honor speech here and go watch the story of Giunta on CBS’s 60 Minutes. I watched it Sunday night, thought I should mention it here but forgot, and balled my eyes out.
The part that got to me was how Giunta said he was an average soldier who felt like he didn’t deserve the honor bestowed upon him. Or more specifically, the honor makes him uncomfortably. It sounds like he’s had a hard time reconciling doing what he considers his duty with being singled out for his actions. No doubt as many soldiers often do.
Lumps in the throat, I’m telling you.