Jun 24, 2011

Medal of Honor?

The President addressing the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum:
"First time I saw 10th Mountain Division, you guys were in southern Iraq. When I went back to visit Afghanistan, you guys were the first ones there. I had the great honor of seeing some of you because a comrade of yours, Jared Monti, was the first person who I was able to award the Medal of Honor to who actually came back and wasn’t receiving it posthumously."

As we all know, or should know, SSG Sal Giunta, of the 173rd Airborne, was the first living recipient (2011) of the MOH who fought in Iraq/Afganistan. SFC Jared Monti, 10th Mountain Division, was KIA in Afghanistan in 2006. He was posthumously awarded the MOH by Obama in 2009.

I personally stood and applauded him at a Hawks game last December.

President Barack Obama's remarks to the soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division -- Syracuse.com

I don't know why I expect more out of the Commander in Chief, but messing up a Medal of Honor recipient's name is a pretty big gaffe. To certain people, anyway. Probably, and especially to to the people he was talking to at that exact moment.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

All those that are serving or have served in any capacity should be horrified by this little oops. Shame on you Barry.