Fla. man shocked when learning of Medal of Honor

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Associated Press

Posted on February 22, 2014 at 3:00 AM

MIAMI (AP) — Melvin Morris says he fell to his knees in shock when the Army told him he'd be getting a call from President Barack Obama to discuss the Medal of Honor he would be receiving for his actions in Vietnam.

The 72-year-old Cocoa, Fla., man will be one of 24 veterans from three wars to receive the U.S. military's highest honor. They come after a congressionally mandated review of minorities who may have been passed over because of long-held prejudices.

In 1969, Morris was commanding a strike force that came under attack and a fellow commander was killed near an enemy bunker. Despite heavy fire, Morris retrieved the man's body and a strategic map.

Morris says he never realized that being black might have kept the Medal of Honor from him.

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