President Obama to Award 17 Latinos With Medal Of Honor

 

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On March 18th, President Obama will award 24 Army veterans, among them 17 Latinos, the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry. According to a White House press release, the medals are awarded “in recognition of their valor during major combat operations in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War”.
What makes these awards notable is the manner in which they were selected; it was an act of congress in 2002 that ordered a review of veteran records from the wars mentioned above to make sure that Latino and Jewish heroes hadn’t been overlooked because of prejudice.  In that review 24 soldiers were found to “display criteria worthy of the Medal of Honor.”
Several non-Jewish or Latino soldiers were also found to be eligible for the honor. With these, the number of Latino Medal of Honor recipients increases to 61. The list of Medal of Honor recipients follows, Latinos are in bold:
The President will award the Medal of Honor to:
Specialist Four Santiago J. Erevia will receive the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as radio telephone operator in Company C, 1st Battalion (Airmobile), 501st Infantry, 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile) during search and clear mission near Tam Ky, Republic of Vietnam.
Staff Sergeant Melvin Morris will receive the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as Commander of a Strike Force drawn from Company D, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces, during combat operations against an armed enemy in the vicinity of Chi Lang, Republic of Vietnam on September 17, 1969.
Sergeant First Class Jose Rodela will receive the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as the company commander, Detachment B-36, Company A, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces during combat operations against an armed enemy in Phuoc Long Province, Republic of Vietnam on September 1, 1969.
The President will posthumously award the Medal of Honor to: 
The following individuals distinguished themselves by acts of gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty while serving during the Vietnam War
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.
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.
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.
Specialist Four Ardie R. Copas will receive the Medal of Honor posthumously for his courageous actions while serving as ..

To read full list: http://www.newstaco.com/2014/02/21/17-latinos-to-receive-medal-of-honor-from-president-obama/
 
 
 
 

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