A collection of Jewish and Hispanic soldiers are set to belatedly receive the Medal of Honor, after a Congressional review deemed the veterans were originally denied the honor due to prejudice.
Twenty-four US soldiers in total will be honored at a March 18 event at the White House, thanks to a 2002 law mandated a review of reports that some troops had been excluded from the country’s highest military honor over discrimination.
Three of the soldiers in question will be present at the ceremony, while a number of others will be posthumously honored by President Barack Obama. The White House did not divulge which of the recipients were Jewish.
However, one of the awardees has been identified as the uncle of Jewish singer Lenny Kravitz. Pvt. Leonard Kravitz was killed in Korea in 1951 after he faced an ambush on his own so that his comrades could escape.
A White House release also noted that a number of the individuals to be recognized were neither Jewish or Hispanic, but had faced other forms of prejudice.
“These veterans will receive the Medal of Honor in recognition of their valor during major combat operations in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War,” the release stated.
“Each of these Soldiers’ bravery was previously recognized by award of the Distinguished Service Cross, the nation’s second highest military award; that award will be upgraded to the Medal of Honor in recognition of their gallantry, intrepidity and heroism above and beyond the call of duty.”