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CommunityEditor
03-07-2013, 06:22 PM
New Medal of Honor push started for Peralta

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill have launched a new push to get fallen Marine Sgt. Rafael Peralta the Medal of Honor, just as new Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel takes office.

A joint resolution is circulating in Congress recommending that Peralta receive the nation’s top valor award. It comes a little more than two months after recently retired Defense Secretary Leon Panetta decided that new evidence presented on the Marine’s behalf fell short of what is needed to award him the Medal of Honor. The resolution is backed by Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., a staunch Peralta supporter, but also has support so far in the House from Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Calif., and in the Senate from Sen. Diane Feinstein, D.-Calif, said Joe Kasper, a spokesman for Hunter.

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Read the whole story here (http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/2013/03/marine-rafael-peralta-medal-of-honor-duncan-hunter-chuck-hagel-030413/).

Does having a former grunt as defense secretary improve the chances Rafael Peralta will be awarded the Medal of Honor?

SSgt2111
03-13-2013, 01:14 AM
Not at all, none of these guys in a senior position is going to contradict their predecessor.

Robert F. Dorr
03-31-2013, 01:03 AM
The case for Peralta is weak. The military has been far too tight-fisted with recommendations for the Medal of Honor and should have recommended many dozens by now, but Peralta's isn't the best case. Everyone knows the arguments on both sides and it's unlikely anyone will do anything new about this.