November 16th, 2010
08:00 AM ET

The battle that created America's newest hero

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COMBAT OUTPOST DURANI, Afghanistan (CNN) — Their memories of the firefight are still searing, three years after it took place.

"The while time frame lasted, I don't know, maybe two minutes, three minutes. Five or six lifetimes," U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Sal Giunta told CNN. "You can turn and see the muzzle flashes and the bullets coming out of the guns and it's not just one of them, not just 10 of them, it's more than that."