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During Thursday’s Medal of Honor ceremony, a White House military aide mistakenly announced a recipient for posthumous decoration who is still alive.
“Attention to orders,” read military aide to the president Marine Lt. Col. William Kerrigan. “The president of the United States of America, authorized by act of Congress March 3, 1863, has posthumously awarded in the name of Congress the Medal of Honor to Staff Sgt. Earl D. Plumlee, United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry at the risk of his life and above and beyond the call of duty.”
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