Salvatore Giunta, a former Hiawatha resident who earned a Medal of Honor for his actions as a member of the Army in Afghanistan, joined several other Medal winners to endorse Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
The 2003 Cedar Rapids Kennedy High School graduate was presented the Medal of Honor by President Barack Obama at a White House ceremony on Nov. 16, 2010.
Citing official accounts of the battle, Obama said Giunta repeatedly risked his life to save the other men in his unit when they were attacked by a numerically superior Taliban force in Afghanistan.
The initial salvos killed Mendoza, the squad’s medic, and riddled its point man, Brennan, with at least six gunshot wounds.
Giunta coordinated the squad’s defense and repeatedly charged through enemy rounds, first to assist the squad leader and then to rescue Brennan, killing and wounding the two Taliban fighters who were dragging away his close personal friend.
Brennan later died of his wounds while being transported from the battlefield.
Among the other Medal winners to back Romney was George “Bud” Day, formerly of Sioux City.