Obama awards Medals of Honor to 24 minority veterans
CNN: President Barack Obama honored 24 Army veterans with the Medal of Honor today for their combat actions in Vietnam, Korea and World War II.
The White House said the soldiers were passed over for country’s highest military award because of discrimination.
"Some of these soldiers fought and died for a country that did not always see them as equal," Obama said during the ceremony at the White House. "…Their courage almost defies imagination."
Of the 24, only three are alive to receive the recognition and 10 never came home.
Photo: Spc. Santiago J. Erevia received the Medal of Honor on Tuesday. Erevia was a radiotelephone operator in Vietnam. (Joe Raedle / Getty Images)