I suspect a lot of you are feeling the way I am about last night’s interview with Medal of Honor recipient Salvatore Giunta: impressed, humbled, grateful. The interview was intensely moving and Stephen was quite fittingly sincere throughout the interview; he was Stephen Colbert, not “Stephen Colbert”. The standing ovation was especially nice to see, and it was so very well deserved.
Knowing how I (as a civilian) felt about the interview and SSgt Giunta, I was pleased to see this account from Matthew Colvin, who attended last night’s show at the invitation of IAVA. Read on for his great report of the experience.
Medal of Honor recipient SSG Giunta on the Colbert Report
November 18, 2010 matthewcolvin
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While sipping on my mocha and writing about one of my best weeks ever, I received an email inviting me to the taping of the Colbert Report tonight. The final line said, “Special guest I think you’d like, can give more details if you’re interested. What would you say?” Of course I looked at my open schedule and said yes. I immediately looked up who was the guest and I couldn’t contain my excitement. The girls next to me must have thought me insane. Picture me, a 29 and 11/12s year old man squealing like a little piggy and having to cover my mouth to contain my smile. That’s pretty much the scene as I squirmed in disbelief and put my head down. I was speechless (not squeal-less though unfortunately) at the opportunity laid before me and have been on cloud nine ever since.
I rolled into IAVA HQ by 5, grabbed Todd, Katie, and Michael, then hustled to make the 530 showtime for VIPs. … There we were able to meet SSG Sal Giunta, the first living Medal of Honor recipient since Vietnam. There have been few times in my life when I have been awestruck and this was one of them. Maybe I stared a little too intently, but this was a real American hero. Not Hulk Hogan, but Sal Giunta.
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I have so much respect for everyone involved in last night’s show. Well, maybe not “Gobbles”, but the veterans, Stephen and, of course, Giunta himself — all of them were clearly operating from the heart, and it was impossible not to be affected by it. A sincere bravo and thank you to all of these wonderful people, and let’s all keep them in mind as we head into this Thanksgiving week.