Calif. Lawmakers Urge Military to Upgrade Marine Award

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Federal lawmakers from San Diego say they have obtained new evidence that proves the military should not have disqualified a fallen Marine from being posthumously awarded America's highest military honor.

U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter sent a formal request from the area's congressional delegation on Thursday to Navy Secretary Ray Mabus urging him to reconsider Sgt. Rafael Peralta for the Medal of Honor in a last-ditch effort before the deadline ends.

Four other San Diego-area representatives and California Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer also signed the letter.

The military awarded Peralta the Navy Cross after concluding that the Marine who suffered a head wound was not conscious when he pulled a grenade to his body in Iraq in 2004, saving other Marines.

Hunter says the evidence shows he was conscious.

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