After a congressionally mandated review of over 6,500 Distinguished Service Cross recipients — from World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War — President Barack Obama in 2014 awarded the Medal of Honor 24 Army veterans who were decidedly overlooked for the military’s highest award due to racial prejudice.
The Medal of Honor is the highest military distinction that can be awarded to a member of the United States military. The Medal of Honor was first given out during the Civil War, and continues to this day to be the most prestigious military award, given to the most valiant of military personnel for acts of valor, bravery, and courage.
Three of the recipients attended the ceremony, which was one of the largest in the Medal of Honor’s history, while the remaining 21 were awarded posthumously. According to the White House, recipients were selected for the upgrade, “in recognition of their gallantry, intrepidity, and heroism above and beyond the call of duty.”
Watch the video below for two of the recipients’ stories.
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