Holes revealed in Pentagon's medals database
By Jeanette Steele
Originally published November 13, 2012 at 5:51 p.m., updated November 13, 2012 at 6:58 p.m.
The Pentagon’s valor website, which debuted in July to address public concern about false claims of heroism, is nowhere near complete for the medals it advertises to list.
Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Alpine, and the curator behind the Military Times Hall of Valor website are calling attention to the omissions, saying the patchy nature of the posted information is a “disservice” and shows a lack of attention to history.
There are 62 Army Silver Star awards missing from valor.defense.gov, according to Doug Sterner, the longtime chronicler of military medal records whose vast database was purchased by MilitaryTimes.com in 2008.
Some of the missing medal recipients are so well known that military buildings and a post office have been named for them. Two are buried at Arlington National Cemetery with silver stars marking their headstones, Sterner said.