Kate O’Beirne has more on the story behind the story of the Navy Cross awards:

When I called the Department of Army, I was referred to its “awards branch.” There I was told that no information about soldiers’ medal exploits was available. The “awards” office had no information on the first Distinguished Services Crosses awarded since the Vietnam War. It was recommended that I call the individual duty stations of individual decorated soldiers. At Fort Bragg, I was told that I would have to be able to identify a decorated soldier by name before a citation detailing his actions could be tracked down. The public-affairs office appeared unaware of any recent award ceremonies for service in Iraq. My updates to Col. Rynedance on the dead-ends I was encountering were met with a detached response.

You would like to think that the Army is being modest and does not want to promote itself. But, given the complete lack of media coverage of the heroes, I think it is more serious. If the military isn’t willing to promote itself, why should the media. At the same time, shouldn’t the media be more responsible?

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