Rep. Hunter: 2 War Heroes Denied Medals of Honor Due to 'Pentagon Bureaucracy'
Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) was on “Fox and Friends” this morning, where he said that the “Pentagon bureaucracy” denied two war heroes the Medals of Honor that they deserved.
Fallen Marine Sgt. Rafael Peralta took the brunt of a grenade blast in Iraq back in 2004, Hunter said. His fellow Marines lived, and they say that the only reason they’re alive is because of Peralta.
Hunter explained that Peralta was recommended for the Medal of Honor, which was approved by the secretary of the Navy, but was then denied by the Pentagon. The Pentagon claims that Peralta fell on the grenade due to an involuntary spasm.
“That’s what happens when you have doctors and bureaucrats that have never fought a day in their lives second guessing the people on the ground and the generals who actually know what’s going on in the battlefield,” Hunter said.
Hunter said that Marines at boot camp yell the fallen hero’s name while doing drills.
“He’s a Marine Corps hero now, and his legacy was besmirched by the Pentagon,” Hunter said.
Peralta’s mother recently accepted the Navy Cross on her son’s behalf.
A second war hero, Staff Sgt. Earl Plumlee, has been credited with thwarting a Taliban attack on his base in Afghanistan. Hunter said that Plumlee shot insurgents who were wearing suicide vests, and “they were blowing up around him.”
Plumlee, too, was nominated for the Medal of Honor. Marine Gen. Joseph F. Dunford approved the nomination, calling Plumlee’s actions extraordinary.
Then, the Army’s investigation wing looked into Plumlee and downgraded him to a Silver Star, Hunter said.