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Medal of Honor Winner Sal Giunta: 'It's Very Bittersweet' (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Nov 11th 2010 5:16PM
On Tuesday, Staff Sergeant Sal Giunta will be awarded the Medal of Honor, making him the first living recipient of the decoration since the Vietnam war.

Giunta is being honored for his actions in Afghanistan in 2007, when he rushed into the teeth of a Taliban ambush to rescue his sergeant, Josh Brennen, who had been severely injured and was being dragged away by enemy combatants.

Although Giunta was able to pull Brennen out of harm's way, Brennen sadly died six hours later. The unit's medic, Hugo Mendoza, was also killed in the firefight.

On 'Parker Spitzer' (Weekdays 8 PM ET on CNN) Giunta spoke of his mixed feelings about getting the Medal of Honor.

"I think about it, and it hurts. But to say it out loud makes it that much more real. . . I know it's real, but sometimes I can trick myself and just not think about it for a while."

"It's very bittersweet, it's such a huge honor. It's a great thing," Giunta said of winning the Medal of Honor. "But it is a great thing that has come with such a personal loss to myself and so many other families."

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