Veterans finally receive long overdue Medals of Honor

“No nation is perfect. But here in America, we confront our imperfections and face a sometimes painful past — including the truth that some of these soldiers fought and died for a country that did not always see them as equal.” — President Barack Obama     March 18, 2014

In a ceremony today, President Obama recognized and awarded the Medal of Honor to 24 veterans from the Vietnam War, Korean War, and World War II.  Authorized by Congress back in 2002, a review was conducted of Hispanic and Jewish American veterans to see if any were deserving of this award that had been overlooked due to racial biases in the past.  Along the way, the review discovered other veterans that were not Jewish or Hispanic that fit the criteria to have their awards upgraded as well.  This led to the list of 24 who were recognized today.  There were three present at the ceremony, and the others were awarded posthumously with family members accepting the award on their behalf.

Here’s a list of those veterans recognized today as well as a link to their biographies as prepared by the US military.

World War II

Korean War

Vietnam War

I think I reflect the thoughts of many Americans when I say “Thank you for your service to America.”  I’ll add a “Welcome Home” to those honored from Vietnam.  I had family serve in all three of these conflicts, so it makes me feel good to see America honoring those who served valiantly regardless of their social standing.

US minority veterans finally get Medal of Honor (via AFP)

Two dozen US veterans dodged bullets and grenades in military heroism, but were only Tuesday recognized with the most prestigious US combat award after being denied for decades due to racism. The Hispanic, black and Jewish soldiers served during the…

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9 thoughts on “Veterans finally receive long overdue Medals of Honor

  1. Thanks for highlighting this, Brosephus. I saw some clips, but couldn’t watch the whole thing as it makes me cry too much….

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    • I had to work late, so I listened to part of the ceremony on my phone while I was going to pick up my baby girl from daycare. I will have to look up Obama’s full remarks tomorrow.

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  2. Thank you for this. It was one of the few bright spots in the news recently.

    And I’m glad to see a post from you. Haven’t seen you much at Jay’s place recently, and when a computer friend goes silent for a while it’s hard to tell whether it’s for some benign reason — work, a trip, just didn’t feel like it — or whether it’s something awful like an illness or death in the family.

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    • Have been purposefully avoiding Jay’s lately. I can’t deal with the continued groundhog day effect there. I needed a break. I haven’t posted much here because I was a bit under the weather. I’m still not 100, but that news needed to be recognized. There hasn’t been much good lately as you said.

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