In 2010, Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta became the first living Medal of honor recipient in nearly 40 years. Sgt. Salvatore Giunta was deployed to Afghanistan twice. During his second deployment, the 22-year-old then-specialist was acting as B Company, 1st Platoon’s rifle team leader during a multiday combat mission called Operation Rock Avalanche. On Nov. 16, 2010, 25-year-old Giunta received the nation’s highest honor at a White House ceremony attended by many of the men with whom he had served, becoming the first living Medal of Honor recipient to receive the honor since the Vietnam War.