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Medal of Honor Ceremony For 24 Army Veterans

Newest living recipients of the Medal of Honor (SFC Melvin Morris, MSTR Sgt. Jose Rodela, and Sgt. Santiago J. Erevia) stand during a ceremony for them and 21 other Army heroes at the White House in Washington, March 18, 2014. (U.S. Army photo by J.D. Leipold)March 18, 2014 -  President Barack Obama awarded 24 Army veterans with the Medal of Honor in White House ceremony.  Each of these Soldiers' bravery was previously recognized by award of the Distinguished Service Cross, the nation's second highest award, which was upgraded to the Medal of Honor.

Congressional review and the 2002 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) prompted a review of Jewish American and Hispanic American veteran war records from WWII, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. During the review, records of several Soldiers of neither Jewish nor Hispanic descent were found to display criteria worthy of the Medal of Honor. The 2002 NDAA was amended to allow these Soldiers to be honored with the upgrade in addition to the Jewish and Hispanic American Soldiers.

The ceremony recognized these 24 men for their gallantry, intrepidity and heroism above and beyond the call of duty.

Video courtesy of U.S. Army / Office of the Chief of Public Affairs
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Living Veterans (Vietnam War) Honored:
(see photo above)

Specialist Four Santiago J. Erevia
Staff Sergeant Melvin Morris
Sergeant First Class Jose Rodela

Veterans Honored Posthumously:

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
Specialist Four Leonard L. Alvarado
Staff Sergeant Felix M. Conde-Falcon
Specialist Four Ardie R. Copas
Specialist Four Jesus S. Duran
Sergeant Candelario Garcia

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