WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama will award the Medal of Honor to 24 Army veterans of World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.
All but three will be decorated posthumously. Two of the surviving veterans to be decorated March 18 live in the San Antonio area.
The unusually large number of recipients of the medal for conspicuous gallantry resulted from a congressionally mandated search of war records to determine if Jewish or Hispanic American soldiers denied the Medal of Honor because of prejudice.
The White House says that during that review several soldiers who were neither Jewish nor Hispanic also had criteria worthy of the medal.
All but one of the recipients are enlisted men, from privates to master sergeants. One recipient is a World War II first lieutenant.
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