Obama giving Medal of Honor to 24 vets

Posthumous Medals of Honor for Sgt. Alfred B. Nietzel, left, and Pvt. Demensio Rivera, are seen in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, March 18, 2014, before a ceremony where President Barack Obama will award the medals. The president is moving to right old wrongs by belatedly awarding the Medal of Honor to 24 Army veterans who served during World War II, Korea and Vietnam. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
March 18, 2014 9:14:28 AM PDT
President Barack Obama is moving to right old wrongs by belatedly awarding the Medal of Honor to 24 Army veterans who served during World War II, Korea and Vietnam.

Just three of those being honored during Tuesday's ceremony at the White House are still alive, all of them combat veterans of Vietnam.

The honors are being awarded after Congress ordered a review to determine whether service members of Jewish or Hispanic heritage or others had been wrongly denied the Medal of Honor due to prejudice. All of those being honored had previously been awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the nation's second-highest military award.

Overall, eight of the 24 fought in Vietnam, nine in Korea and seven in World War II.

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