Sunday, August 16, 2009

Too Few Medals of Honor?

Too Few Medals of Honor? | August 02, 2009 | Associated Press - "Eight years of war in Afghanistan and Iraq. About 4,000 members of the U.S. military killed in action. More than 34,000 wounded. Just six considered worthy of America's highest military award for battlefield valor.

For some veterans and members of Congress, that last number doesn't add up.

They question how so few Medals of Honor - all awarded posthumously - could be bestowed for wars of such magnitude and duration.

When I read this I was seriously taken aback. The idea of lowering the requirements for awarding the MOH is, in my opinion, a disservice to all prior recipients. The fact is that with the new technology and tactics of modern warfare, much of the dangerous, and thus potential opportunities for valor, have been lessened. Not that actions worthy of the medal don't happen. The case of Sgt. Peralta is an example.

But the idea of tarnishing the MOH by making it stand for less than what it truly is does not make any rational sense.

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