As Bryan Preston writes at the Tatler, “‘Terrible’ begins to describe this mistake:”
“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, 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.
Obama is said to have closed his remarks with “Know that your Commander-in-Chief has your back.” How can he have their backs when he can’t sort the living from the dead?
Related thoughts, and a telling photo, from Pundit & Pundette.