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Former Sgt. Kye White served with one of the most highly decorated battalions to fight in Afghanistan.
For their deployment from June 2007 to August 2008, soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, of Vicenza, Italy, earned the Presidential Unit Citation and the Valorous Unit Award.
The battalion also was home to the soldier who earned the first Medal of Honor awarded to a living service member since the Vietnam War.
Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta, who has since left the Army, received the nation’s highest award for valor after running through heavy enemy fire to rescue a badly wounded comrade during a deadly ambush Oct. 25, 2007, in the Korengal Valley.
Soldiers from the battalion also earned two Distinguished Service Crosses, the second-highest valor award, and 27 Silver Stars, the third-highest award for valor.
According to the Army regulation on military awards, the degree of heroism required to earn a President Unit Citation is equivalent to that which would warrant award of a Distinguished Service Cross to an individual. The Valorous Unit Award is equivalent to awarding the Silver Star to an individual.