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Black Special Forces Veteran Close to Being Awarded Medal of Honor After Decades of Roadblocks | Military.com

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After facing numerous obstacles for more than 50 years, Capt. Paris Davis is finally on the verge of being awarded the Medal of Honor for defying a clear order to leave the battlefield and his Special Forces squad while saving lives during a fierce firefight during the Vietnam War.

After the frenetic combat in 1965 and again years later, Davis, a Black man who retired as a colonel, was nominated for the honor by his chain of command. When one of the first Black officers in Special Forces, Davis joined the organization as desegregation in Army units was taking place and at a time when violence related to opposing racial equality in the U.S. was at its height. Under the condition of anonymity, a Pentagon representative confirms that Davis’ nomination was accepted by Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in the first part of November.




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