Navy recommends 2 for Medal of Honor; Navy Cross review complete
WASHINGTON — Two Navy Cross recipients honored for acts of valor in Afghanistan or Iraq instead deserved the Medal of Honor for their actions and are being nominated for an upgrade, the Navy said Tuesday.
The announcement, first reported by USA Today, is part of a review of all Silver Stars and service crosses awarded since Sept. 11, 2001. As part of the review, the Navy has also determined that an unspecified number of Silver Stars will be upgraded to Navy Crosses.
The names of the two servicemembers awarded the Navy Crosses, the service’s second-highest medal, have not been made public.
The department-wide medals review was directed by former Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel in 2014 after questions arose about how there appeared to be so few Medal of Honor recipients from more than a decade of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Navy is the first to announce its findings. The service did not specify whether the Medal of Honor nominees were Marines or sailors.
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