Better late than never. 24 Army veterans, most of Hispanic or Jewish heritage, will be awarded the Medal of Honor in a mass ceremony on March 18. The awards are the result of a congressionally mandated review in order to ensure that eligible recipients were not overlooked due to prejudice. Only three of the 24 recipients are still living, and all have already received the Distinguished Service Cross, the second-highest military award. The review was mandated as part of the 2002 National Defense Authorization Act and of the 24 veterans, eight fought in Vietnam, nine in Korea and seven in World War II.
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