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Recently, at the suggestion of Congress, the Navy announced it will name a destroyer after Sgt. Peralta - a fitting honor that will carry his legacy around the world. He will be joining an elite class of American heroes in the destroyer class, including Cpl. Jason L. Dunham, who was awarded the Medal of Honor for smothering a grenade in Iraq.

Awarding Sgt. Peralta the Medal of Honor would go a long way toward restoring integrity to the awards process. More important, it would ensure Sgt. Peralta is rightly recognized for his sacrifice.

Rep. Duncan Hunter, California Republican, is a member of the House Armed Services Committee and the first Marine combat veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars elected to Congress.