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Honor Deferred

African-Americans have fought bravely for America throughout our history. But sadly, until recently, they didn't receive deserved commendations. This is the story of seven men who deserved the Medal of Honor for their valor during WWII, but only recently received their medals--six had already died. More than a million African-Americans served within the army's segregated ranks. Despite their bravery and courage, not one of the 432 Medal of Honors awarded went to a black soldier.

KC’s Forgotten Medal of Honor Recipient

Congressional Medal of Honor Society


World War II - U.S. Army


Fighting for the Right to Fight: African American Experiences in WWII

National Archives

Al Roker leads ceremony honoring seven black Medal of Honor recipients

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