Belated Medal of Honor for 24 Soldiers Overlooked Due to Race

These images provided by the U.S. Army show World War II veterans, from left, Pvt. Pedro Cano, Master Sgt. Manuel V. Mendoza and 1st Lt. Donald K. Schwab. Seeking to correct potential acts of bias spanning three wars, President Barack Obama will award the Medal of Honor on March 18, 2014, to 24 Army veterans, including Cano, Mendoza and Schwab, following a congressionally mandated review to ensure that eligible recipients were not bypassed due to prejudice. Of the 24, eight fought in the Vietnam War, nine in the Korean War and seven in World War II. (AP Photo/U.S. Army)Twenty-four Army soldiers who fought in World War II, Korea and Vietnam will receive the Medal of Honor next month, correcting oversights that prevented many of them from receiving the nation’s highest award for valor because of their Hispanic, Jewish and African-American backgrounds, White…

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