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Hagel declines requests to reopen Medal of Honor nomination for Marine killed in Iraq
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Friday, February 21, 2014 7:34 PM EST
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.
The Marine Corps nominated Peralta for the award posthumously, and it was approved by the Navy Department. But it was turned down by then-Defense Secretary Robert Gates in 2008. He said the evidence was inconclusive.
Peralta was awarded the Navy Cross.
Gates' successor, Leon Panetta, affirmed Gates' decision in December 2012 after reviewing further evidence.