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Wisconsin Civil War soldier may get Medal of Honor


DELAFIELD (WKOW) -- A Wisconsin Civil War soldier who fought heroically at the Battle of Gettysburg could finally receive the nation's highest military decoration.

Descendants of 1st Lt. Alonzo Cushing have pushed for years to have the Delafield soldier awarded the Medal of Honor, but Congress first had to grant an exception to the rule that Medals of Honor be awarded within two years of the act of heroism. Congress did that Friday as part of a defense bill sent to President Barack Obama. If he signs it, the Defense Department can choose to recommend the medal for Cushing and President Obama can decide whether to approve it.

Although grievously wounded at Gettysburg, Cushing helped defend a Union position that could have turned the tide in favor of Confederate forces. He was 22 when he died.

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