This editorial, which will appear in Monday’s print edition, is an expanded version of an earlier blog posting.
For the last six years, Lt. Col. Jenns Robertson has been compiling a database listing every bomb the Air Force has dropped since World War I.
Sounds like a monumental mission, right? For World War II alone, he had to scan an estimated 10,000 pages of bombing reports.
Yet the Pentagon has long said that it would be too hard for it to compile another database – one listing medals given to service members. Such an online database would allow the media and individuals to verify claims many people falsely make regarding decorations they supposedly received.
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