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Confirmation Battle Brewing For Defense Pick Hagel

Tue, January 8, 2013 7:27am

Story by Scott Horsley

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Chuck Hagel would be the first Defense secretary to have worn the uniform of an enlisted man, and also the first to have fought in Vietnam. Hagel won two purple hearts, and still carries some of the scars and shrapnel from that war. Obama says that makes him the kind of Pentagon leader that U.S. troops deserve.

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