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This year, President Obama has chosen to honor a soldier who went unrecognized in American history – because he was black. Staff Sergeant Melvin Morris will receive the Medal of Honor for his heroic war rescue. While Morris was stationed in South Vietnam, his unit was attacked, which killed the commanding officer. It was like a scene from a war film.

Morris, who had been shot three times, obtained the officer’s body, and retrieved a strategic war map before the enemy soldiers could get ahold of it. During a personal call from President Obama who said that he should’ve received the medal decades prior, Retired Sergeant Morris “fell to his knees.”

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