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President Barack Obama presents the Medal of Honor to Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta, who rescued two members of his squad in October 2007 while fighting in the war in Afghanistan, Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010, at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTOGRAPHS Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta, with wife Jennifer, speaks to reporters Tuesday after receiving the Medal of Honor from President Obama.

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President Barack Obama and Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta acknowledge the parents of two soldiers rescued by the Medal of Honor winner. His parents, Steven and Rose Giunta, of Hiawatha, Iowa, are seated at center.

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President Barack Obama presents the Medal of Honor to Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta, who rescued two members of his squad in October 2007 while fighting in the war in Afghanistan, Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010, at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama walk down the Cross Hall of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010, with Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta, before presenting him with the Medal of Honor during a ceremony in the East Room . Giunta, from Hiawatha, Iowa, is the first living veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to receive the award. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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President Barack Obama presents the Medal of Honor to Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010. Giunta, from Hiawatha, Iowa, is the first living veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to receive the award. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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President Barack Obama smiles after he presented the Medal of Honor to Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010. Giunta, from Hiawatha, Iowa, is the first living veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to receive the award. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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President Barack Obama applauds after presenting the Medal of Honor to Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta, who rescued two members of his squad in October 2007 while fighting in the war in Afghanistan, Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010, at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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President Obama presents the Medal of Honor to Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010. Sgt. Giunta, from Hiawatha, Iowa, is the first living veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to receive the award. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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President Obama awarded the Medal of Honor on Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010, to Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta, who placed himself in the line of fire in Afghanistan to save two comrades. (AP Photo/Richard Bumgardner, Defense Department)

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This undated handout photo provided by the Defense Department shows Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta. President Barack Obama will award Giunta with the first Medal of Honor to a living service member from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to receive the Medal of Honor, the White House announced Friday Sept. 10, 2010. (AP Photo/Richard Bumgardner, Defense Department)