Two of the 24 Army veterans of World War Two, Korea, and Vietnam who are receiving Medals of Honor from President Obama today at the White House are San Antonio residents. They are two of the three of the heroes who are still alive to receive long delayed recognition.
Former Sergeant Santiago Erevia, a native of Nordheim, is being honored for his courage during a search and clear mission in Vietnam in May of 1969.
Former Sergeant Jose Rodela, a native of Corpus Christi, is being cited for his heroism during combat operations in Vietnam in September of 1969.
The men, and the 22 others who are being honored, have all received the Distinguished Service Cross. But a special panel appointed by the Bush Administration in 2007 examined the records of Jewish and Latino soldiers whose valor may have gone unrecognized due to institutional discrimination which was in place at the time.