Thursday, January 7, 2016

Over 1,000 Awards Under Review by DOD for Iraq and Afghanistan

DOD to review 1,100 Iraq, Afghanistan medals to determine if they were awarded appropriately
Stars and Stripes
Tara Copp
January 6, 2016

WASHINGTON — The Department of Defense will review more than 1,100 Distinguished Service Cross, Navy Cross, Air Force Cross and Silver Star recommendations to determine whether the medals were awarded appropriately or should be upgraded to a Medal of Honor, the Pentagon said Wednesday.

“Although there is no indication that members were inappropriately recognized, the secretary determined that unusual Medal of Honor awards trends reported by the recent Military Decorations and Awards Review justified a review,” the Pentagon said in a prepared statement. “The secretary directed the review as a cautionary measure on behalf of the servicemembers who have performed heroically in combat.”

A defense official who briefed reporters on the review said only awards given after Sept. 11, 2001, were under review. The official also said there are approximately 1,000 Silver Stars and approximately 100 service crosses under review.

Of those 1,100, the official said no medals were at risk of being downgraded. Instead, the review will look at two things: recommendations that did not result in a medal to determine whether one was merited and medals awarded to determine whether the honors should be upgraded.
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Just to give you an idea, this is from Vietnam
Vietnam War Medal of Honor
• There are 54 Living Recipients who performed actions in the Vietnam War.
• There are 205 Deceased Recipients who performed actions in the Vietnam War.