Good Sunday Everyone:

President Obama awards 24 Army veterans the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry. These veterans are receiving the Medal of Honor in recognition of their valor during major combat operations in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.

All 24 of the recipients were ethnic or minority African-American, Hispanic and Jewish United States.soldiers, a factor that sadly contributed to the delay in their being honored. 
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‘Today we have the chance to set the record straight,’ President Obama said. Of the 24 recipients, only three are alive. (pictured in the photo directly below)
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10 Years of Research
The daunting project to correct this gross injustice took 10 years of research.  All 24 citations were read in the 1 hour & 17 minute video ceremony.  While this makes for a long ceremony you will not regret viewing the entire video below which will leave you inspired.

Staff Sgt. Melvin Morris, Sgt. 1st Class Jose Rodela,  Spec. 4 Santiago J. Erevia  honored by President Barack Obama_March 18, 2014
“I never really did worry about decorations,” Melvin Morris said. 
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But, “I fell to my knees when I received a surprise call from President Obama with news that I was to be honored”.
These photos released by the U.S. Army show, from left, Spec. 4 Santiago J. Erevia, Sgt. 1st Class Jose Rodela and Staff Sgt. Melvin Morris. Seeking to correct potential acts of bias spanning three wars, President Barack Obama will award the Medal of Honor on March 18, 2014, to 24 Army veterans, including Erevia, Rodela and Morris, who are still alive and fought in the Vietnam War, following a congressionally mandated review to ensure that eligible recipients were not bypassed due to prejudice. Of the 24, eight fought in the Vietnam War, nine in the Korean War and seven in World War II. (AP Photo/U.S. Army)
Spec. 4 Santiago J. Erevia, Sgt. 1st Class Jose Rodela &
Staff Sgt. Melvin Morris
during their military service in Vietnam
21 Veterans honored posthumously at today’s ceremony:
Family members of the 21 other recipients accepted the awards posthumously on their behalf.  Standing beside the president, many were overcome with emotion, tears streaming down their faces as their loved ones were recognized.
  • World War II veterans
    • Private Pedro Cano
    • Private Joe Gandara
    • Private First Class Salvador J. Lara
    • Sergeant William F. Leonard
    • Staff Sergeant Manuel V. Mendoza
    • Sergeant Alfred B. Nietzel
    • First Lieutenant Donald K. Schwab
  • Korean War veterans
    • Corporal Joe R. Baldonado
    • Corporal Victor H. Espinoza
    • Sergeant Eduardo C. Gomez
    • Private First Class Leonard M. Kravitz
    • Master Sergeant Juan E. Negron
    • Master Sergeant Mike C. Pena
    • Private Demensio Rivera
    • Private Miguel A. Vera
    • Sergeant Jack Weinstein
  • Vietnam War veterans
    • Sergeant Candelario Garcia
    • Specialist Four Leonard L. Alvarado
    • Staff Sergeant Felix M. Conde-Falcon
    • Specialist Four Ardie R. Copas
    • Specialist Four Jesus S. Duran
Mitchel Libman has lobbied for worthy veterans to recieve the Medal of Honor.   Libman is a Korean war veteran himself.  Here he holds a photo of Leonard Kravitz, one of the nominees that he has rallied for.
Mitchel Libman has lobbied for worthy veterans to receive the
Medal of Honor. Mr. Libman is a Korean war veteran himself. He holds a photo Leonard Kravitz, one of the nominees that he has rallied for.
A government review concluded that Kravitz's uncle, Sgt. Alfred Nietzel of Queens and other soldiers were denied a Medal of Honor years ago because of bias.
Lenny Kravitz, musician attended 
the ceremony to honor his uncle 
Pvt. 1st Class Leonard M. Kravitz
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Laurie Wenger, Lenny Kravitz’s half-sister joined President Obama on stage to accept the Medal of Honor awarded posthumously to Leonard M. Kravitz on behalf of their uncle. 
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Be Inspired!
Camille
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