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US minority veterans finally to get Medal of Honour

Published on Feb 23, 2014 6:17 AM
 
US President Barack Obama will confer the most prestigious US award for combat to a group of Hispanic, black and Jewish veterans previously denied the accolade due to prejudice, the White House said. -- PHOTO:AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - US President Barack Obama will confer the most prestigious US award for combat to a group of Hispanic, black and Jewish veterans previously denied the accolade due to prejudice, the White House said.

A March 18 ceremony will award the Medal of Honour to 24 veterans who fought in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War, a White House statement released on Friday, Feb 21, 2014, reported.

The ceremony is the result of a large-scale Pentagon archive review of Jewish and Hispanic American war records, ordered by Congress in 2002. The investigation swept up deserving veterans from other demographics along the way.

All but five of the 24 veterans are Hispanic, Jewish or African American, according to The Washington Post.

 
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