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Former Ft. Hood soldier receives Medal of Honor

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(KCEN) -- A former Fort Hood soldier is finally receiving the Medal of Honor, nearly 45 years after he was killed in battle. 

Staff Sergeant Felix M. Conde-Falcon was previously denied the accolade because of prejudice
What a congressional review determined after looking back at Jewish, Hispanic, and African American veterans that might have been overlooked. 

Staff Sergeant Conde-Falcon is one of 24 soldiers who will be honored by President Obama for their service during World War Two, the Korean War or the Vietnam War.

SSG Conde-Falcon volunteered to join the U.S. Army in April 1963. He distinguished himself on April 4, 1969 while serving as a platoon leader in Vietnam.

He was killed after destroying multiple enemy bunkers and demonstrating extraordinary leadership under fire.

SSG Conde-Falcon's award will be accepted by his son Richard, who was 3 years old when his father was killed. 

Richard says for years he was told that his dad was a hero, but it didn't really sink in until he spoke with men who'd served with father.

"He said, 'Richard, you don't know what your dad did for me; he saved my life -- not mine only but numerous -- but he also was my hero,''" Richard said.

Richard learned his father was going to be receiving the award when, of all people, President Obama called him. 

Of the 24 honorees, only three are still alive. 

The ceremony will take place on March 18. 

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