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Lawmaker renews push for Marine killed in Iraq fight to receive Medal of Honor

Lawmaker renews push for Marine killed in Iraq fight to receive Medal of Honor

Rep. Duncan Hunter is pushing again for the late Marine Sgt. Rafael Peralta to be recognized with the Medal of Honor, timing his request to a broader review of whether certain combat-valor medal recipients should have their awards upgraded.

Hunter (R-Alpine) on Thursday wrote to the commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. Robert Neller, asking that he submit a new nomination for Peralta to get the nation's highest distinction for combat bravery. Hunter has been a major voice in the protracted controversy over whether Peralta's wartime actions in Iraq have been undervalued.

"It is my hope that the Marine Corps will continue to support Peralta" for higher recognition,...

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