The Pentagon released a statement Friday, saying, "After extensively familiarizing himself with the history of Sgt. Peralta's nomination, Secretary Hagel determined the totality of the evidence does not meet the 'proof beyond a reasonable doubt' Medal of Honor award standard." But Peralta's memory has still been honored. (Via USA Today)
"After he was killed, the 25-year-old Marine was awarded the Navy Cross, the nation's second highest medal for valor in combat." (Via KSWB)
Also, last year the Navy and Marine Corps named a destroyer after Peralta. Friday's news would make Hagel the third secretary of defense to deny Peralta a Medal of Honor nomination.