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Medal of Honor Museum seeks $11 million from SC

By BRUCE SMITHAssociated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The organizers of the planned $100 million National Medal of Honor Museum on the South Carolina coast are asking state lawmakers for $11 million for the project.

Organizers of the museum planned for the Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum in Mount Pleasant appeared before a House budget subcommittee in Columbia on Tuesday.

Retired Marine Maj. Gen. James Livingston, a Medal of Honor recipient, told lawmakers he would like to see the museum open in three or four years. Livingston asked lawmakers for $1 million in initial support and then $2 million each year for five years in continuing support.

Charleston Rep. Chip Limehouse, the subcommittee chairman, says getting the money will be tough this year but added the museum is a worthy cause and is well planned.

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