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  • U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel addresses the media after a meeting of NATO defense ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014. NATO defense ministers, in a second day of meetings, discussed the situation in Ukraine and Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

    Fallen Marine Rafael Peralta’s family accuses reporter of playing 'race card'

    Ten years after a 2004 firefight in Iraq, Sgt. Rafael Peralta’s death continues to ignite controversy, with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel last week refusing to reopen his nomination for the Medal of Honor and the Marine’s family accusing a newspaper of race-baiting in its reporting on the standoff.


  • Pentagon won't revisit Medal of Honor request

    The Pentagon says it will not revisit a request to upgrade a fallen California Marine's Navy Cross to the Medal of Honor.


  • Hagel declines to reopen Medal of Honor case

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says he will not reopen a Medal of Honor nomination for Marine Sgt. Rafael Peralta, killed in the Iraq war in 2004.


  • Medal of Honor case goes to 3rd defense secretary; Rep. Duncan Hunter says system broken

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is taking another look at the case of a Marine sergeant who fell on a grenade, smothering the blast and saving the lives of his squadmates in Iraq, but who has been denied the Medal of Honor by the two previous defense secretaries.


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    Congress revives push for Marine to get Medal of Honor

    Three months after former Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta denied him the Medal of Honor, Marine Sgt. Rafael Peralta's congressional backers have started a new effort to have him awarded the nation's top military honor.


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    Panetta says too much 'doubt' in Marine's Medal of Honor case

    Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said Thursday that he denied the Medal of Honor to Sgt. Rafael Peralta because the evidence from his autopsy created more than a reasonable doubt that he was able to knowingly scoop a grenade beneath him — the act his fellow Marines said saved their lives.


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    Top medal denied twice to Marine

    Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has denied the request to give Sgt. Rafael Peralta the Medal of Honor, saying there are still too many questions to accept that he knowingly scooped a grenade beneath himself to absorb its blast and save his fellow Marines.


  • Marines fight for recognition of fallen comrade’s courage

    U.S. combat troops are gone from Iraq, but for some of the Marines who lived through it, there's one more fight to win: making sure one of the fallen, Sgt. Rafael Peralta, is awarded the Medal of Honor.


  • **FILE** Rep. Duncan Hunter, California Republican (Associated Press)

    Congressman: Medal of Honor system broken

    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.


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