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Today's Army Heroes

From the Series Acts of Courage: Inside America's Military

On October 25, 2007, U.S. Army Specialist Salvatore Giunta and his platoon were on a nighttime mission in northeastern Afghanistan. Suddenly, Taliban fighters ambushed the Americans, and bullets were flying everywhere. Several of Specialist Giunta’s fellow soldiers were struck by fire and seriously wounded. Without hesitation, Specialist Giunta ran toward the wall of enemy fire so he could help bring the wounded soldiers to safety. Despite being shot twice in the chest, Specialist Giunta still managed to pull his fellow soldiers back to safety. The body armor he was wearing saved his own life. For this incredible act of courage, Specialist Giunta became the first living soldier who served in Afghanistan to receive the Medal of Honor. This is just one of the many acts of courage recounted in this riveting look at our nation’s military heroes. Written in a narrative format, Today’s Army Heroes will keep kids turning the pages as they read about individual soldiers who’ve shown uncommon courage in the face of terrible danger in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Large action photos, fact boxes, and maps enrich these true stories of bravery and valor.

Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 7
Reading Level Grade 3
Category Hi-Lo
Subject Language Arts, Social Studies
Copyright 2012
Publisher Bearport Publishing
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2012-01-01
BISACS JNF025130
Dewey 355.0092'273
Graphics Full-color photographs
Dimensions 8 x 10
Lexile 860
Guided Reading Level O
ATOS Reading Level 5.1
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Glossary of key words, Index, and Table of contents

Author: Joyce Markovics