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J. Erevia, a radiotelephone operator from Texas who in 1969 tended injured comrades in Vietnam when his position came under attack. According to the Military Times, hesitation Specialist Erevia crawled from one wounded man to another, then charged while armed toward the hostile fire before eventually returning to take care of the injured troops he left behind.
Specialist Four Jesus S. Duran will receive the Medal of Honor posthumously for his courageous actions while serving as an acting M 60 machinegunner in Company E, 2d Battalion, 5th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) during combat operations against an armed enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on April 10, 1969.
of these soldiers fought and died for a country that did not always see them as equal, Obama said during a ceremony at the White House. courage almost defies imagination. three of the soldiers are alive to receive the recognition.
Morris, Rodela and Erevia wore Army uniforms as they accepted the medal, which Nike Uptempo 96 Red was placed around their neck by Obama.
Of the 24 honored, 10 never came home. The body of one Cpl. Joe Baldonado has never been recovered, Obama said. Ashley Randall, accepted the medal in his honor.
his courageous actions while serving as a Machinegunner in Company C, 1st Battalion (Mechanized), 5th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division during combat operations against an armed enemy near Ph Romeas Hek, Cambodia on May 12, 1970.
24 minority veterans receive long overdue Medal of Honor
They are men like Jose Rodela, who, while commanding a mobile strike force in Vietnam, was in the back and head by rocket shrapnel while recovering a wounded comrade, according to a military commendation. Still he single handedly and knocked out (a) rocket position before returning to lead his men.
Specialist Four Leonard L. Alvarado will receive the Medal of Honor posthumously for his courageous actions while serving as a Rifleman with Company D, 2d Battalion, 12th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) during combat operations against an armed enemy in Phuoc Long Province, Republic of Vietnam on August 12, 1969.
Corporal Victor H. Espinoza will receive the Medal of Honor posthumously for his courageous actions while serving as an Acting Rifleman in Company A, 23d Infantry Regiment, 2d Infantry Division during combat operations against an armed enemy in Chorwon, Korea on August Nike Uptempo Pine Green
Sergeant Eduardo C. Gomez will receive the Medal of Honor posthumously for his courageous actions while serving with Company I, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division during combat operations against an armed enemy in Tabu dong, Korea on September 3, 1950.
(CNN) not for the hue of their skin or their ethnicity, 24 soldiers who faced death in service to their nation would have received the most prestigious medals for their valor long ago.
The President posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor to the following who served during the Vietnam War:
Today, at age 72, Morris who is African American received his nation most esteemed military honor.
But they were born and fought in a time when such deeds were not always fairly acknowledged.
He was honored in 1970 with the Army Distinguished Service Cross award.
The rest soldiers with last names including Garcia and Weinstein and Negron are dead.
Corporal Joe R. Baldonado will receive the Medal of Honor posthumously for his courageous actions while serving as an acting machine gunner in 3d Squad, 2d Platoon, Company B, 187th Airborne Infantry Regiment during combat operations against an armed enemy in Kangdong, Korea on November 25, 1950.
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He was fresh faced and 19 when he volunteered to go to Vietnam. In 1969, the Army Green Beret into a hail of fire to save his injured comrades and retrieve the bodies of the fallen, even though he was shot several times and bleeding. The Army would later say his actions on the battlefield that day showed possessed by few men. staff sergeant recovered a fallen comrade and took out several bunkers even after he was shot several times, Obama said.
One of those who posthumously received the award is Leonard Kravitz, an assistant machine gunner in the Korean War. He is the uncle and namesake of actor and rock musician Lenny Kravitz.
The President posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor to the following who served during the Korean War:
the thick of the fight all those years ago, for your comrades and your country, you refused to yield, the President said. The congressional action was later amended to open the door for any serviceman or woman denied the award due to discrimination.
never really did worry about decorations, Morris, who now lives in Cocoa, Florida, told Fox News. He said when he got the word, fell to my knees. I was shocked. President Obama said he was sorry this didn happen before. He said this should have been done 44 years ago. are others too.
Specialist Four Ardie R. Copas will receive the Medal of Honor posthumously for Nike Air Max Uptempo Fuse 360 Pink
Staff Sergeant Felix M. Conde Falcon will receive the Medal of Honor posthumously for his courageous actions while serving as an acting Platoon Leader in Company D, 1st Battalion, 505th Infantry Regiment, 3d Brigade, 82d Airborne Division during combat operations against an armed enemy in Ap Tan Hoa, Republic of Vietnam on April 4, 1969.
Sergeant Candelario Garcia will receive the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as an acting Team Leader for Company B, 1st Battalion, 2d Infantry, 1st Brigade,1st Infantry Division during combat operations against an armed enemy in Lai Khe, Republic of Vietnam on December 8, 1968.
President Barack Obama honored 24 Army veterans with the Medal of Honor the country highest military award, given to American soldiers who display above and beyond the call of duty for their combat actions in Vietnam, Korea and World War II.
For the few who survive, such as Melvin Morris, this day has been more than 40 years in the making.
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