Dispatches from Wolf Country – Hooah!

Giunta went back to Vicenza, the home of his unit, 2 Battalion/503 Parachute Infantry Regiment, 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team for a ceremony commemorating the Brigade's long and highly decorated history. An intelligent, articulate and reflective man, he was moved to speak, and , he made the perfect speech.

SSG Salvatore Giunta, 173rd Airborne Brigade, Medal of Honor Recipient, Tampa Bay Times Photo

I am not here because I am a great soldier. I am here because I served with great soldiers.

This piece says more about why those of us who were Soldiers, or Sailors, or Marines or Airmen were as good as we were — not because we were great but because we served surrounded by greatness. I’ve written about Salvatore Giunta and his unit before. Sebastian Junger’s War and the film he produced with Tim Harrington, RESTREPO tell the story in more detail What we know is that this young soldier represents the best; this story in the Military Times takes it to another place, of even more love of a soldier for soldiers and of selfless sacrifice.

Giunta went back to Vicenza, the home of his unit, 2 Battalion/503 Parachute Infantry Regiment, 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team for a ceremony commemorating the Brigade’s long and highly decorated history. An intelligent, articulate and reflective man, he was moved to speak, and , he made the perfect speech.

Announcing that he had decided to donate his Medal of Honor to the Brigade, he said in part, “”I want this to stay here in Vicenza, Italy, with the 173rd to the men and women that earn this every single day through their selflessness and sacrifice. I am not here because I am a great soldier. I am here because I served with great soldiers.”

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