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March 18, 2014 AT 12:45 PM
President Barack Obama on Tuesday awarded the Medal of Honor to 24 Army veterans who were found to have been wrongly denied the nation’s military’s highest award due to prejudice. The president said at the White House, "Today, we have the chance to set the record straight." Obama lauded the soldiers as men who "fought and died for a country that did not always see them as equal." Eight of the 24 honorees served during the Vietnam War, nine fought in Korea and seven were veterans of World War II. Only three of those honored are still living. Those veterans, along with the families of the other servicemen receiving the medal posthumously, attended the White House ceremony.