US Navy Honors Rep. John Murtha

The US Navy has presented Rep. John Murtha (D-PA) with the Distinguished Public Service Award. The award is the Navy’s highest award for a non-employee. According to the Navy citation Rep. Murtha received the award because he “ensured” that Marines and Sailors received the resources necessary to effectively conduct the war on terror.

Some veterans have protested this award. Gabe Ledeen, veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and director of the Vets For Freedom Educational Institute started a petition declaring that Rep. Murtha “deserves no such award. He has routinely and deliberately undermined the United States military, slandered servicemen serving in combat, and caused irreparable damage to our international reputation.”

The petition currently has 28,869 signatures. Comments by those signing the petition include: “That would be like giving me a CMH [Congressional Medal of Honor]. I may like to have it but I didn’t do anything that I should get it” and “I cannot countenance the presentation of this award to a uniquely undeserving individual.” and “Mr. Murtha is a disgrace to the uniform he once wore and a disgrace to the office he now holds.”

Read/sign the petition or read a news article.

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