• Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel accompanied by U.S. Army leadership inducted 24 Army veterans into the Pentagon's Hall of Heroes in the Pentagon Auditorium, Arlington, Va., March 19, 2014, as part of the festivities surrounding one of the largest Medal of Honor ceremonies in history. Each of these Soldiers' bravery was previously recognized by award of the Distinguished Service Cross, the nation's second highest award; that award was upgraded to the Medal of Honor. Congressional review and the 2002 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) prompted a review of Jewish American and Hispanic American veteran war records from WWII, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. During the review, records of several Soldiers of neither Jewish nor Hispanic descent were found to display criteria worthy of the Medal of Honor. The 2002 NDAA was amended to allow these Soldiers to be honored with the upgrade - in addition to the Jewish and Hispanic American Soldiers. (U.S. Army Illustration by Spc. John G. Martinez/Released)

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel accompanied by...

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel accompanied by U.S. Army leadership inducted 24 Army veterans into the Pentagon's Hall of Heroes in the Pentagon Auditorium, Arlington, Va., March 19, 2014, as part of the festivities surrounding one of the largest Medal...

  • Secretary of the Army John McHugh delivers remarks at the Hall of Heroes
Induction Ceremony in tribute of 24 Medal of Honor recipients, in the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., March 19, 2014. Seven recipients were World War II veterans, nine Korean War veterans, and eight Vietnam War veterans.

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh delivers...

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh delivers remarks at the Hall of Heroes Induction Ceremony in tribute of 24 Medal of Honor recipients, in the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., March 19, 2014. Seven recipients were World War II veterans, nine Korean War...

  • Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, accompanied by U.S. Army leadership,
presents the Medal of Honor flag to Medal of Honor recipient Master Sgt.
(Ret.) Jose Rodela during the Pentagon's Hall of Heroes Induction Ceremony, in the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., March 19, 2014. Rodela was one of 24 Medal of Honor recipients recognized at the induction ceremony.

    Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, accompanied...

    Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, accompanied by U.S. Army leadership, presents the Medal of Honor flag to Medal of Honor recipient Master Sgt. (Ret.) Jose Rodela during the Pentagon's Hall of Heroes Induction Ceremony, in the Pentagon in Arlington...

  • Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, accompanied by U.S. Army leadership, presents the Medal of Honor flag to Sgt. 1st Class (Ret.) Melvin Morris during the Pentagon's Hall of Heroes Induction Ceremony, in the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., March 19, 2014. Morris was one of 24 Medal of Honor recipients recognized at the induction ceremony.

    Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, accompanied...

    Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, accompanied by U.S. Army leadership, presents the Medal of Honor flag to Sgt. 1st Class (Ret.) Melvin Morris during the Pentagon's Hall of Heroes Induction Ceremony, in the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., March 19, 2014...

  • Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, accompanied by U.S. Army leadership, presents the Medal of Honor flag to Sgt. (Ret.) Santiago J. Erevia during the Pentagon's Hall of Heroes Induction Ceremony, in the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., March 19, 2014. Erevia was one of 24 Medal of Honor recipients recognized at the induction ceremony.

    Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, accompanied...

    Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, accompanied by U.S. Army leadership, presents the Medal of Honor flag to Sgt. (Ret.) Santiago J. Erevia during the Pentagon's Hall of Heroes Induction Ceremony, in the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., March 19, 2014. Erevia...

  • Secretary of Army John McHugh presents the Medal of Honor Flag to Nancy Weinstein, on behalf of her husband, Sgt. Jack Weinstein, one of 24 Army veterans honored during the Valor 24 Hall of Heroes Induction ceremony, held at the Pentagon, Arlington, Va, March 19, 2014. (U.S. Army photo by Mr. Leroy Council/Released)

    Secretary of Army John McHugh presents the...

    Secretary of Army John McHugh presents the Medal of Honor Flag to Nancy Weinstein, on behalf of her husband, Sgt. Jack Weinstein, one of 24 Army veterans honored during the Valor 24 Hall of Heroes Induction ceremony, held at the Pentagon, Arlington...

  • Secretary of Army John McHugh, left, presents the Medal of Honor Flag to Joe Rodriguez, on behalf of his uncle, Pvt. Miguel A. Vera, one of 24 Army veterans honored during the Valor 24 Hall of Heroes Induction ceremony, held at the Pentagon, Arlington, Va, March 19, 2014. (U.S. Army photo by Mr. Leroy Council/Released)

    Secretary of Army John McHugh, left, presents...

    Secretary of Army John McHugh, left, presents the Medal of Honor Flag to Joe Rodriguez, on behalf of his uncle, Pvt. Miguel A. Vera, one of 24 Army veterans honored during the Valor 24 Hall of Heroes Induction ceremony, held at the Pentagon, Arlington...

  • Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Secretary of the Army John McHugh unveil a plaque inducting nine Medal of Honor recipients in the hall of Heroes
from the Korean War in the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., March 19, 2014. Medal of Honor awardees from the Vietnam War and World War II were also inducted as part of the ceremony.

    Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Secretary...

    Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Secretary of the Army John McHugh unveil a plaque inducting nine Medal of Honor recipients in the hall of Heroes from the Korean War in the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., March 19, 2014. Medal of Honor awardees from...

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel accompanied by U.S. Army leadership inducted 24 Army veterans into the Pentagon's Hall of Heroes in the Pentagon Auditorium, Arlington, Va., March 19, 2014, as part of the festivities surrounding one of the largest Medal of Honor ceremonies in history. Each of these Soldiers' bravery was previously recognized by award of the Distinguished Service Cross, the nation's second highest award; that award was upgraded to the Medal of Honor. Congressional review and the 2002 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) prompted a review of Jewish American and Hispanic American veteran war records from WWII, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. During the review, records of several Soldiers of neither Jewish nor Hispanic descent were found to display criteria worthy of the Medal of Honor. The 2002 NDAA was amended to allow these Soldiers to be honored with the upgrade - in addition to the Jewish and Hispanic American Soldiers.

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