1. Vicenza paratrooper to be awarded Medal of Honor


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    Staff Sgt. Salvatore A. Giunta, a Vicenza, Italy, based paratrooper, will be awarded the Medal of Honor for heroism above and beyond the call of duty in Afghanistan. Giunta, serving with Company B, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, and a native of Hiawatha, Iowa, will be the first living service member to earn the award since Vietnam. In this moving interview, Giunta describes the October 2007 ambush in the Korengal Valley, for which his warrior skills and bravery are being recognized, and reflects on the meaning of his experiences. Devoid of any false bravado or cliche, a great soldier, a true hero tells it all in his own words — not to be missed.

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    • Medal of Honor award ceremony — Staff Sgt. Sal A. Giunta, the White House, Nov. 16, 2010


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      President Barack Obama presents the Medal of Honor to Staff Sgt. Salvatore A. Giunta in a White House ceremony Nov. 16, 2010. Giunta, of Company B, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, based in Vicenza, Italy, received the U.S. military’s highest award for valor under fire in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley Oct. 25, 2007. The Hiawatha, Iowa-native is the first living service member to earn the award since Vietnam.

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      • Dining with Terrorists Ep 1


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        Death of the Freedom Fighter On one summer evening in 1979, Phil Rees was in a bar in Co. Cavan, Ireland, when he was jarred by reports on the news. He was a young man, barely out of his teens. The IRA had murdered Lord Mountbatten, two teenage boys and 18 British soldiers. What happened next was distressing. In this bar, people cheered. It was as if they were breathing a different air. Until then, Rees had an impression from the British media that the IRA were evil terrorists. But this meeting with otherwise warm, friendly people who supported the IRA, set Rees off on a journey that has taken nearly three decades – to search for a workable definition of a terrorist. From Ireland, the film moves to a US military outpost on the far-reaches of eastern Afghanistan, the Korengal Valley. This is the frontline of the West’s ‘war on terror’. While Rees was there, Taliban fighters attacked the platoon’s camp, called ‘Firebase Vegas’. He asks the soldiers; why is the West fighting a ‘war on terror’ and where is the finishing line? They say there are engaging ‘the terrorists’ in Afghanistan so the don’t attack their families at home. There is no end in sight, they say. Can terrorism be defined? Or should any group that uses violence to challenge a state be called terrorists? In the first episode of the series made for Al Jazeera Network, Phil Rees asks if the old adage that one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter still applies in the post 9/11 world. Director: Kai Lawrence Series Producer: Marc Perkins Executive Producer: Phil Rees

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        • The Valley


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          Korengal Valley is among the deadliest pieces of terrain in the world for U.S forces. The six-mile long passage, in northeastern Afghanistan, is surrounded by treacherous mountain ridges, tightly controlled by the Taleban and al-Qaeda. On Oct 19, 2007, the American military launched Operation Rock Avalanche, a massive, multiple-unit mission to try to flush out insurgents. I was there to document the events.

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          • "Korengal Valley" at RBTR '11


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            CrossFit Montgomery at Rumble By The River 2011 - Cody & Steve, Katechis, and David do "Korengal Valley"

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            • RESTREPO_ US Trailer


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              Writers/Directors/Producers: TIM HETHERINGTON, SEBASTIAN JUNGER (Writer of the highly-acclaimed international best-sellers War and The Perfect Storm) Cast: SOLDIERS OF A US PLATOON DEPLOYED IN AFGHANISTAN'S KORENGAL VALLEY Feature Documentary / 2009 / 93 mins / English One platoon. One valley. One year. Restrepo chronicles the one-year deployment of a platoon of American soldiers at one of the most dangerous outposts in Afghanistan. Released theatrically by the National Geographic Films in the US, Restrepo has garnered an Academy Award® nomination as well as grossed over $1,000,000 box office. The film has also been released theatrically to critical acclaim in the UK by Dogwoof and shipped over 6,000 DVD units.

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