President Obama will retroactively award Medals of Honor to 24 servicemen passed over in earlier wars because of their race or creed:
The unusual presentation will culminate a 12-year Pentagon review ordered by Congress into past discrimination in the ranks, and will hold a particular poignancy hosted by the nation’s first African-American president. Although the review predates Obama’s tenure, he has made addressing discrimination in the military ranks — including ending the ban on gay and lesbian service members — a priority as commander in chief. The recipients, which the White House will announce Friday afternoon, served in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. Collectively their award ceremony will mark the single largest batch of Medal of Honor recipients since World War II, when more than two dozen service members were honored in the conflict’s last days. Just three of those to be honored are still alive. We’re very proud of these soldiers,” said Lt. Col. Alayne Conway, an army spokesperson. “This represents a new generation respecting the sacrifices made by previous ones.”
The full list is here.
This is not the first time that this looking back as happened, as I’ve previously noted.