Obama to Award Belated Medals of Honor to Veterans of Past Wars

Twenty-four U.S. Army veterans from wars as long ago as World War II, many of them Hispanic or Jewish, will receive the Medal of Honor after a review determined they were improperly denied the award.

The veterans all previously had been given the Distinguished Service Cross, the second-highest military award, and they are being upgraded as the result of a review mandated by the 2002 Defense Authorization Act, according to the White House. President Barack Obama will bestow the medals, most of them posthumously, on March 18.

The 2002 law required a review of records of Jewish and Hispanic veterans of World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War to determine whether they were denied the top military honor because of prejudice. Several veterans who are of either Jewish or Hispanic descent were found to merit the Medal of Honor as well.

Three of the Vietnam War veterans are still alive to received the award, according to the White House.

Link for White House list, click here.

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