Skip to comments.24 Veterans Awarded the Medal of Honor
Posted on 03/18/2014 9:09:43 PM PDT by Nachum
WASHINGTON (AP) They were heroes who didn't get their due.
On Tuesday, 24 mostly ethnic or minority U.S. soldiers who performed bravely under fire in three of the nation's wars finally received the Medal of Honor that the government concluded should have been awarded a long time ago.
The servicemen were identified following a congressionally mandated review to ensure that eligible recipients of the country's highest recognition for valor were not bypassed due to prejudice. Only three of the 24 were alive for President Barack Obama to drape the medals and ribbons around their necks.
"Today we have the chance to set the record straight," Obama said. "No nation is perfect, but here in America we confront our imperfections and face a sometimes painful past, including the truth that some of these soldiers fought and died for a country that did not always see them as equal." - See more at:
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Active Duty/Retiree ping.
Drugs, booze, lack of sleep...something was wrong.
A Vet should have smacked the boy upside the head!
Well, he’s got a lot of problems now, and he didn’t make _all_ of them himself...I actually give him a bit of credit for pushing these through, though. Flame away, everyone!
Any links or pictures?
No pics...I was watching it live. I tried to give him a pass but he looked stoned. I’ll see if I can find a video on Fox.
Was USMC Sgt. Rafael Peralta on that list? /s
I wonder how the recipients or their loved ones felt about being used as campaign props.
They were probably wondering about the back pay. Each Medal of Honor recipient receives 2000 a month. If this goes back to Vietnam. That is a nice chunk of change especially since it was not expected.
And what votes would that be? Certainly the Republicans don't deserve a single vote from Veterans that is for sure. That scoundrel Paul Ryan and company definitely don't deserve a thing from veterans.
Another Obama photo-op at the expense of men who showed more courage and daring then this Marxist prick ever will.
When he was falling asleep, at least he wasn’t making stupid jokes for scripted laughter at a MOH ceremony (like he did for the first half hour). Such a great orator!! Soooo smart and presidential. Not.
Nothing more need be said except, look at the timing.
Don’t you see what this is really about? It is nothing more than a political ploy. It paints the military as a racist organization that blatently discrimates against minorities. Years later Obama rides in on his white horse to save the day. These men deserved the Medal of Honor but didn’t get it because of their skin color. I’m not buying it. If I could see those files then maybe but they are under wraps and none of us will see them thanks to the most transparent administration in history. Nobody ever said war is fair. Not to take anything away from these veterans but were white records reviewed for errors? Is this not reverse discrimination? If not, why not? Just asking.
How many of these MOH were awarded for just being PC?????
The standards for the MoH have changed from one era to the next and even during a single war. In WW2 the Army decided that because too many MoH’s has been awarded in previous wars that they would arbitrarily limit the number to (I believe it was) 1 per division for the Normandy invasion. A lot of deserving soldiers got screwdriver over in that one.
I think there were over 4oo MOH during WWII!!
>Drugs, booze, lack of sleep...something was wrong.<
He was stoned (again).
Most likely a strong sedative indicated by that half-assed smile of euphoria on his ever-so-arrogant mug.
We watched it live and seriously thought that he was going to pass out a couple of times. Valerie probably pushed the button on her dog-training collar to revive him.
Did you notice his right eye obviously drooping more than the left? Mini-stroke?
Guaranteed that he doesn’t remember a single name he read yesterday or even being there at all.
Glad others saw it, too.
You know the order was given to go find 20-30 minorities to give medals in order to display how racist we were and how enlightened we are now.
Not every heroic act merits a medal of honor, and nobody doubts this group probably did something brave, as almost every active service member does at some point.
The real disgrace is that if any of them really were deserved, they are now tainted from being grouped with the “Affirmative action Medal of Honor” bunch.
So now the MOH is a political award?
So it would appear.-
Along with an AP picture of Obama putting the award on. -Just another photo-op to the Obamatrons.
Individuals in both groups being decorated are recipients of the Distinguished Service Cross, the nation's second-highest award for valor in combat. This award alone is a high honor.
The upgrade to Medal of Honor in every instance is going to individuals based on ethnicity issues, real or imagined, that possibly prevented them from receiving the medal originally.
It's interesting that both presidents handing out this award never served a day in the U.S. military. President Bill Clinton was a draft dodger from the Vietnam era.
Obama's reason for not serving is more obscure, much like the rest of his past.
Of the 45 individuals awarded the medal by Clinton, or about to receive it from Obama, no doubt a few are deserving. Certainly not all.
This is nothing more than a cynical political ploy by two Democrat presidents to pander to their constituent base.
The prestige of the Medal of Honor is being diminished greatly by awarding it in such a cavalier fashion.
PS ... I should add as a measure of contrast the Marines 'Chesty' Puller was awarded the Navy Cross five times (the Navy's equivalent to the DSC) and one Distinguished Service Cross. Not aware of any effort to upgrade any of General 'Chesty' Puller's six medals to MOH status. No further comment needed.
I'm not buying it either, being as it's this administration. I heard on the news that these guys had at the time of their service received the Distinguished Service award. I'd want to know if any (and how many) minorities had earlier been awarded the Medal of Honor. And how many and under what circumstances whites received the Distinguished Service award instead of the Medal of Honor. Remember how the DOJ had to search to find a black killed by a white who went unpunished -- and came up with Zimmerman?
Yeah, but only 5 on D-Day? I recall the subject came up when Capt. Dick Winter, E/506 PIR, was put in years later for the MoH for the assault on Brecourt Manor. The Army said in effect, “Sorry, there was already an MoH awarded to a member of the 101st ABD.” Do Capt. Winter had to be content with his DSC (not that I think he much cared one way or the other).
The Army and Marines were handing out MoH’s like door prizes during the Spanish-American War. But perhaps there weren’t other medals for valor available at the time. I know the MoH was pretty much “it” during the US Civil War.
Prior to World War I, the Medal of Honor was it. The Distinguished Service Cross and the Navy Cross were added in 1918. The Silver Star started out as a citation star on the campaign ribbon in WWI, but became a full medal in the 30’s. The Distinguished Flying Cross was established in the 20’s and the Bronze Star and Air Medal are World War II additions.
Thanks, I was hoping somebody would fill-in the facts on when the other awards were adopted.
Medal of Honor Press Conference: Army Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins