A Marine combat veteran who now serves on the House Armed Services Committee said Monday that in at least two recent cases, the system for evaluating Medal of Honor nominations has gone awry, and he blamed bureaucratic infighting for keeping one of the men from a fair appraisal.
On Monday, in a letter to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, Mr. Hunter said he’s become aware of another case — that of ArmyCapt. Will Swenson — whose nomination was derailed by what the congressman said sounds like bureaucratic bungling.
Mr. Hunter said it appears Capt. Swenson’s paperwork was “misplaced” — though some press reports have said his lack of recognition, even though others who braved an ambush with him in 2009 have been awarded the Medal of Honor or Navy Cross, could be punishment because he was critical of superiors.
“The fact that his nomination was somehow lost, only to surface when his story started gaining traction within the news media, is equally troubling,” Mr. Hunter said in his letter.
He said both cases “involve significant errors in process and judgement by Pentagon officials.”
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