US minority veterans finally to get Medal of Honor

A military aide holds a Medal of Honor during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, October 15, 2013President Barack Obama will confer the most prestigious US award for combat to a group of Hispanic, black and Jewish veterans previously denied the accolade due to prejudice, the White House said. A March 18 ceremony will award the Medal of Honor to 24 veterans who fought in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War, a White House statement released Friday reported. The ceremony is the result of a large-scale Pentagon archive review of Jewish and Hispanic American war records, ordered by Congress in 2002. Because of prejudice, the White House said, many had not been offered the Medal of Honor.

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