obama to award medal of honor to two dozen veterans, including 19 discrimination victims
Next month, President Obama will correct discrimination in history and he will award Medals of Honor to a group of Hispanics, Jews and Africans, the highest praise of the United States for fighting courage American veterans who have been eliminated because of their ethnic or ethnic background. The unusual demo will reach 12- This year, Congress ordered a review of the Pentagon\'s past discrimination in the ranks, which will be particularly acute when the first African country in the United States reviews President of the United States. Although this comment was earlier than Obama\'s term, he has solved the problem of discrimination in the military -- Including ending the ban on gay service workers. Priority as commander-in-chief Against the backdrop of the gorgeous East Hall of the White House, the March 18 ceremony will mark another step in the history of armed forces discrimination with the rapid transformation of the country\'s population structure and social values. On Friday afternoon, the White House announced that the grantees served in World War II, North Korea and Vietnam. Overall, their awards ceremony will mark the largest group of Medal of Honor winners since World War II, when more than 20 service members were honored in the last days of the conflict. Of the 24 veterans who will be honored, only 3 are still alive. With the exception of five soldiers, the rest were Hispanic, Jewish or African-American, including the former Green Beret Melvin Morris, who was injured three times in a midterm On September, on 1969, in the Chi district area in southern Vietnam, he recovered the body of a severely injured sergeant from a jungle ambush. Morris, 72, said: \"I never thought too much until recently . \" He served three times in Vietnam and retired 22 years later. \"But I think this is something that the military has always been supposed to solve, because in almost every process we have, someone has been ignored. \"Unusual historical accounting began in 2002 when Congress, as part of the military spending bill, ordered the Pentagon to investigate whether Jewish and Hispanic service personnel were unfairly handed over because of the country\'s highest military honor. S. Defense Department officials say there is specific evidence that such discrimination may exist in the ranks, including cases where Hispanic and Jewish soldiers are clearly renamed to hide their ethnicity. Congressional orders continued from December 1941 to September 2001. The project is a daunting task for military personnel officers to look for lost records and battlefield history in complex politics surrounding the highest honor of the Army. Officials in each service department focus on getting a second service member The highest Medal of Bravery: the outstanding service Cross of the Army, the Air Force Cross of the branch, and the Navy and Marine Corps. Although this narrowed the scope of the review, the Army alone identified more than 600 records that needed to be re-evaluated. The smaller branches found 275 of them. \"It\'s hard for a person to get a medal, and it\'s hard to get a medal for all potential candidates, which is a very demanding range and record -- A defense official, who declined to be named, said he commented on the review. \"It\'s time --consuming. But we want to make sure that, as a process, we do it right and that the process of the Medal of Honor itself is respected. \"Many of the veterans who have been reviewed have passed away, which makes the interview impossible. Most of the reviews rely on the information available and the comparison with Medal of Honor winners, but even so, there are unforeseen challenges at the beginning of the project. On 1973, a fire broke out at the National Personnel Records Center. Up to 18 million military personnel files have been destroyed. This includes military service records from 1912 to 1960, during which World War II and North Korea were included. Although the Air Force lost 1964 people in 1947, most personnel files were lost. The disaster forced officials to re-create the Military history of dozens of potential candidates for upgraded recognition by interviewing family members, battlefield soldier companions and others. The reassessment sent a large number of candidates through various service committees that decided to award Medal of Honor winners and then submitted them to the Joint Chiefs of Staff for approval. Two dozen veterans. All the people from the Army It is considered worthy of promotion to the Medal of Honor. Including 17 Spanish soldiers including Santiago J. Erevia, the top four experts, has served as a radio telephone operator in Camp C, 1st, Vietnam (Airmobile) , 501st Infantry of 101st Airborne Division. He will receive the Medal of Honor at the \"brave action\" ceremony on March 18. and- Complete the mission near Tam Ky, Vietnam. \"We wanted to know why he didn\'t receive it for the first time and thought it might be because of his name,\" said Jesse heravia, a 41-year-old son who lives in San Antonio, not far from his father. Erevia said his father had \"some problems\" with the Vietnam War, mainly about its reasons, and had a complex feeling of military honor. But the family is eager to attend next month\'s White House ceremony to see him receive an award that they have always thought he deserved. Erevia, a salesman at Tamale, said of his father: \"He has never let me down . \". \"His shoes are very big. \"The third living veteran is Jose rodra, a former sergeant from Corpus Christi, Texas. In early September 1969, he will receive the Medal of Bravery in the fighting in Phuoc Long Province, Vietnam. The review identified a deceased Jewish veteran, the former Pfc. Leonard M. Kravitz, the Medal of Honor. In early March 1951, Kravitz served as an auxiliary gunner in M Company, the Fifth Infantry Regiment of the 24 Infantry Division. His two-day battle in the DPRK\'s Yangping was considered the most respectable. Abraham H: \"Justice has been delayed in this case, but has not been denied . \" Fox Man, National The Defamation League said in a statement on Friday. Morris is the only African. American veterans identified as part of the review. The original congressional order did not include black service members for a reassessment, but was later amended to allow others to be commended for the upgrade -- Not just Hispanic or Jewish service staff. to receive one. Five of the more than 20 soldiers announced by the White House called themselves \"Caucasian\" on the list of military personnel \". Military officials say their race or religious beliefs are uncertain, but their actions on the battlefield are believed to deserve the highest honor. Morris grew up Town of orramah, a \"do-it- All the carpenters and maids. He recalled that he joined the Army at the time because \"it\'s a very prestigious thing, and if you join, you go. As a member of special forces, a team performing search missionsand- Morris, along with the local Montagnard army, destroyed the mission and was ambushed on Tuesday. Patrol the jungle 1969. His company commander was hit in the mouth and throat, and his acting sergeant was seriously injured by a mine and his sergeant Ronald P. The Hague was killed. \"We are a tight team and we don\'t leave anyone behind,\" Morris said . \". Before his success, he took soldiers three times to retrieve the body of Hague. He said the final ceremony to his friend and was then hit by a bullet in the chest, arm and ring finger Tear it off with his wedding band. After recovering from a hospital in the United States, Morris returned to Vietnam for another trip, the winner of the Distinguished Service Cross. \"I never thought about a medal, whether it should be another higher one,\" he said . \". \"I\'m just doing what I\'m doing all the time. Morris said he did not consider whether his race played a role in the award. He is not blind to the game. Morris recalled that outside his southern base for special forces training, he was unable to use public water dispensers. \"It\'s great,\" he said . \" \"I am at a loss. And there\'s more outside. Morris said he will take his three children and his wife, Mary, over 50 years, from his home in Florida to the White House next month, in Vietnam that day, he gave him a ring that was shot down with his finger. \"I haven\'t worn it since then,\" he said . \". Alice R. Crites contributed to the report.