EDISON - As President Barack Obama prepares to honor the first living Medal of Honor recipient since the Vietnam War, two previous recipients from the Garden State say the soldier is receiving an award that carries an awesome responsibility. Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta is receiving the medal for his bravery in Afghanistan. Master Sgt. Nicholas Oresko was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Harry Truman in 1945 and said Truman claimed he would rather have the honor than be president. Col. Jack Jacobs was recognized for saving the lives of dozens of soldiers in Vietnam. He says his life was altered when he received the Medal of Honor 42 years ago.
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