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Congress urged to waive time limits for Delafield Civil War hero


WASHINGTON (WTAQ) - Congress is being asked to waive military time limits, so a Civil War hero from Delafield can be honored.

Senate Democrat Herb Kohl and La Crosse House Democrat Ron Kind have introduced bills to allow Army First Lieutenant Alonzo Cushing to be awarded the Medal of Honor.

The 22-year-old Cushing was killed in the Battle of Gettysburg, and he refused to drop his guns despite being seriously wounded.

A number of people have campaigned since the 1980’s to give Cushing the Medal of Honor – even though the award must normally be presented within 5 years of a heroic act.

If Congress agrees to waive the time limit, President Obama would have to give final approval to the award. The Army Secretary had recommended in 2010 that Cushing be awarded the Medal of Honor.