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Congressional Medal of Honor Society's Annual Convention
Obama will award Medal of Honor to 24 overlooked Army veterans
Obama will award Medal of Honor to 24 overlooked Army veterans

WASHINGTON -- Seeking to correct a historic injustice, President Obama will award the nation's highest combat honor to two dozen veterans -- mostly Latino and Jewish -- who fought as far back as World War II but were denied the coveted Medal of Honor because of discrimination. Only three of the recipients are still alive. The campaign to issue the awards began in 2002 when Congress passed the Defense Authorization Act, which prompted a review of Latino and Jewish service members who had been awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the nation's second-highest honor, but not the Medal of Honor. After reviewing about 600 records from Dec. 1941 to Dec. 2001, the Pentagon...

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