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Support Wounded Paratroopers at an Awesome Event Tomorrow Night in Addison, Texas!

Defenders of Freedom is hosting a fundraiser at the Cavanaugh Flight Museum in Addison, TX, this coming Saturday night to raise funds to fly any of the wounded from all units of the 173rd ABCT who are currently in US hospitals back to Italy and Germany for the memorial services of each unit post-deployment.  Medal of Honor awardee, SSG Sal Giunta, who served in that unit, is the guest of honor.

As part of the fundraiser, they have five auction items.  Three of the items, an American Airline simulator experience, a sporting clays/shooting range experience with a wounded Soldier at Fossil Pointe Sporting Grounds and a round of Golf with a wounded Soldier at the Dallas Cowboys Golf Club will only be bid on by those at the actual fundraiser.  However, they have two items that they would like for folks across the nation to bid on
Those two items are (1) a print called "Shared Valor" and (2) the 3rd Edition of the Medal of Honor book which is signed by several of the Medal of Honor recipients.   The Medal of Honor awardees that signed the book will be listed on the Defenders of Freedom page.
Each item, Shared Valor print and the Medal of Honor book, will have a separate thread on Defenders of Freedom's facebook page.  Anyone who would like to bid will need to "Like" the Defenders of Freedom facebook page and then can bid on either or both items.
They will have someone monitoring the bids on facebook and someone monitoring the bids at the event and updating at each place.  The bidding will begin at 6:30 PM Central time on Saturday February 2, 2013 and will end at 8:15 PM Central time Saturday February 2, 2013.  The highest bidder will be required to be available immediately via phone to provide payment method and shipping address.  If they are not immediately available the item will go to the next highest bidder.






This Fine Art Giclee print, titled “Shared Valor”, was created and donated by Colin Kimball of Military Legacy Portraits

Currently the original and 13 copies of this portrait exist.  The original portrait was commissioned by Leta Carruth for SSG Sal Giunta to commemorate the Shared Valor of his service.  SSG Giunta has the original portrait on canvas.  The members of SSG Giunta’s team who were in the ambush with him, the Gold Star families of SGT Josh Brennan and SPC Hugo Mendoza who were killed in the ambush, Ms Carruth and members of SSG Giunta’s Command during OEF VII also have copies on canvas.  A copy printed on metallic paper is displayed in the Honors Room of the 173rd, 2-503d in Vicenza, Italy.

This framed print measures 16” X 20”.  The size of the actual print is 11” X 14” and was printed on fine art paper. The frame is gold/bronze/wood with an olive green matte and museum glass.  This particular print is a one of a kind.

A certificate of authenticity signed by SSG Giunta and other members of his team are included with the framed commemorative print.

Wording below the print:

They are just as much of me as I am
SSG Salvatore A. Giunta
Battle Company, 2nd Battalion
503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment
173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team

The second auction item is below:


2012 MEDAL OF HONOR, Portraits of Valor Beyond the Call of Duty, Third Edition book donated by SSG and Mrs. Sal Giunta.

This book contains photos and Citations of all of the Medal of Honor Recipients who were living at the time of the reunion in 2012.  The book was signed by some of the Medal of Honor Recipients at their annual Convention which was held in Hawaii in 2012.  SSG Giunta is asking additional Medal of Honor recipients to sign the book before he brings it with him to the event on February 2, 2013.  They will not know how many signatures of the living Medal of Honor Recipients the book will have until the day of the event.  Once they have the names and numbers of signatures, they will post them on Defenders of Freedom’s facebook page.