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Medal of Honor

May 21, 2000

Re "21 Asian Americans to Get Medal of Honor for WWII," May 13: They did not review all of the recipients of the second-highest citation, the Distinguished Service Cross, but only the Asians, and 19 of the 21 were Japanese Americans of the 100th Infantry Battalion. The 1st Division, made up of many battalions that hit the beaches of Normandy and on into France and Germany, did not even remotely receive this proportion nor any other division or battalion fighting WWII worldwide.

They stopped issuing the Medal of Honor during the early Civil War, as they were being handed out as political plums. This national disgrace is now upon us once again. The Clinton administration and Clinton's appointed brass have disgraced the highest award that a grateful nation can bestow and used it as a political vote-gathering tool. What about all the other DSC recipients who were not Asians?

FRANK BARNYAK

Former USAF (CIC) Special

Agent, Counterintelligence

North Hollywood

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