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Posted: Sunday, February 23, 2014 2:22 pm | Updated: 10:07 pm, Mon Feb 24, 2014.

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An Okmulgee native is among 24 U.S. Army veterans chosen to receive the Medal of Honor for their service during World War II, the Korean War or the Vietnam War.

Retired Sgt. 1st Class Melvin Morris told the Tulsa World (http://bit.ly/1bZbf54 ) that President Barack Obama called him Friday to say he was being honored for his actions in Vietnam in September 1969.

Morris is a native of Okmulgee who joined the Oklahoma National Guard in 1959 and later became a member of the Army's Special Forces before volunteering for duty in Vietnam. He now lives in Florida.

Morris was selected after Congress 12 years ago ordered a review of records of veterans from minority backgrounds who may have been passed over for the military's highest honor due to racial prejudice.

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