In the bill, Congress formally waived time limits on presenting the awards — a final administrative step necessary for Biden to present them.
Of the five potential Medal of Honor recipients, three fought in the Korean War, and two fought in the Vietnam War. The list of potential upgrades includes:
In addition to the Medals of Honor, Congress also waived time requirements for four soldiers involved in the 1993 Battle of Mogadishu to receive the Distinguished Service Cross. Pending Army Secretary Christine Wormuth’s approval of the awards, the four soldiers now eligible to receive the Distinguished Service Cross are:
The potential upgrades to the Army’s second-highest valor award come on the heels of 58 Silver Star upgrades presented to veterans of the “Black Hawk Down” engagement after a comprehensive review earlier this year.
All awards authorized by Congress will require final approval from the appropriate authorities.