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They have the whole earth: “Imagine What the Great Ones are Like”

May 27, 2011

The Sal Giunta Story directed by Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington.

Staff Sergeant Giunta told 60 Minutes that he was just an average soldier, “So imagine what the great ones are like.”

I don’t think we need to imagine anything.

Tim Hetherington talks about the day Staff Sergeant Giunta was recommended to receive the CMOH.

Tim Heatherington co-directed with Sebastian Junger the documentary film Restrepo about action seen in the Korengal Valley, NE Afghanistan by Second Platoon, Battle Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team of the U.S. Army.  The picture is outstanding.

Hetherington was killed on 20 April 2011 near Misrata, Libya while embedded with forces opposed to the dictator and war criminal Gaddafi.  Heatherington died alongside photographer Chris Hondros, also killed that day.  Photographer Guy Martin was wounded in the same attack.

“For this offering of their lives, made in common by them all, they each of them, individually received that renown which never grows old, and for a sepulchre, not so much that in which their bones have been deposited, but that noblest of shrines wherein their glory is laid up to be eternally remembered upon every occasion on which deed or story shall call for its commemoration.

For heroes have the whole earth for their tomb.”

Thucydides, “The Funeral Oration of Pericles,” History of the Peloponnesian War

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