Okmulgee native receives Medal of Honor

BY SAMANTHA VICENT, Tulsa World Published: March 18, 2014

Okmulgee native Melvin Morris was silent but proud when President Barack Obama bestowed him with what the president and family members said was a 44-year belated honor.

“It was pretty emotional for some people,” said Rodney Powell, Morris’ nephew, after watching Morris receive the Medal of Honor in the nation's capital on Tuesday. “There were lots of tears in the audience.”

Morris was one of 24 ethnic or minority U.S. soldiers to receive the honor, all of whom the government determined deserved recognition following a decade-long congressional review that concluded some veterans were unfairly passed over due to racial or ethnic biases.

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