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Incoming Marine leader stops wearing 3 ribbons

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The incoming commandant of the Marine Corps said Tuesday he has stopped wearing three decorations he cannot prove he won.

Lt. Gen. Michael W. Hagee, slated to assume command of the Marines on Monday, said he believes he won all three awards, but he is removing them until he can find the necessary documentation.

"It was an honest mistake," Hagee told reporters at the Pentagon. "I believe I won these ribbons."

None are considered top awards.