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Judge: Decorated soldier won't get Medal of Honor

Wednesday - 3/12/2014, 10:10pm  ET

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A federal judge in Louisville, Ky., has ended a widow's 17-year quest to see her husband win a Congressional Medal of Honor.

Lt. Garlin Murl Conner left the U.S. Army as the second-most decorated soldier during World War II. Conner earned four Silver Stars, four Bronze Stars, seven Purple Hearts and the Distinguished Service Cross for his actions during 28 straight months in combat.

But despite backing from congressmen, senators, military veterans and historians, he never received the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest military distinction. It's awarded for life-risking acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty.

A federal judge Thomas B. Russell says a technicality will prevent Pauline Conner from continuing her campaign on behalf of her husband, who died in 1998. Russell ruled that Conner waited too long to present new evidence to the U.S. Army Board of Correction of Military Records, which rejected her bid to alter her husband's service record.

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