Eleven Marines Stripped of Their Purple Hearts


"I told them I didn't think I deserved it," said Arellano, 38, of Oceanside, Calif. The thought of wearing a medal he didn't earn "was eating me alive."

Then a letter arrived two months ago making things even worse. The Purple Heart pinned on him nearly two years earlier had been "an administrative error" because his wound was not "caused directly or indirectly by enemy action." Ten other Marines who sustained noncombat injuries got the same news, from the office of the commandant of the Marine Corps.

None of this would have happened if junior wasn't in such a rush to find "hero's" in Iraq.

Hero in Iraq... it's almost an oxymoron.

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