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To: jazusamo; All
He is worthy of sainthood.

I want to raise a question for the group. I'm somewhat conflicted by the several cases in recent years under Obama in which a decoration has been upgraded to the MoH decades after the action occured. It's not whether or not it's merited..in this case I think it is...in others I don't think it was.

I don't like this effort to fine-tune history long after the fact. I don't think it's possible now to have an honest discussion on the merits of each case.

As a Vietnam era Marine officer, I'm an amateur historian of the MoH. ( I've met two recipients )I've followed the award citations of Marines who received the Navy Cross during the Gulf Wars. I can state that many of those absolutely merited the MoH..and the likely reason the recommendation was downgraded to the Navy Cross was that it wasn't a posthumous award.

Indeed, if we're going to try and "make things right," then the majority of the MoHs awarded during the Civil war should be rescinded. They were handed out like candy, mainly to staff officers who NEVER saw combat, and they demean the brave recipients of the Medal in all subsequent wars, after the military began to apply a far more rigorous criteria.

My two cents..

9 posted on 04/06/2013 2:15:39 PM PDT by ken5050 (My tagline has mysteriously vanished...)
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To: ken5050

I Kaupan’s case, this is the result of a long and continuous effort. The Army has honored him by naming a Kasern after him at Vogelweh, Kaiserslautern, Germany. So it is just a matter of how things work. Some people get their full due, others do not. It does not serve your stated purpose to protest this award. This man did not fall on a handgrenade. He took many actions to save lives.


11 posted on 04/06/2013 2:53:55 PM PDT by RobbyS
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