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Southeast Kansas man receives Medal of Honor on father's behalf

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Updated March 18, 2014:  24 veterans were honored with the Medal of Honor today at the White House, decades after their military service.  All of those honored at a ceremony at the White House on March 18th.  All of the veterans honored today were considered to be overlooked for their heroic actions during various wars.  Most of the men are Hispanic or Jewish and a review of their records shows their actions on the frontlines were overlooked due to prejudice.

The soldiers served during World War II, and the Korea and Vietnam wars.  Only three of the veterans honored today are still alive.

A few weeks ago we met the son of one of the men honored, Lt. Donald Schwab.  His story is below.

Tonight on KOAM News at 6 learn about another local man who received the Medal of Honor today - Sgt. Jack Weinstein.


Posted March 6, 2014:  A Fort Scott, Kansas man will head to Washington, D.C. later this month to receive America's highest honor. An honor his late father earned, for acts of bravery during World War II.

Terry Schwab will receive the Medal of Honor on behalf of his late father.

In 1941 Donald Schwab enlisted in the military. While serving overseas as a 1st Lt.. Schwab lead his men hundreds of yards while facing gun fire.  After three charges Schwab commanded told his men to get down.

"And for some reason he chose to charge the machine gun himself," said Terry.

His father took down the gunner alone.  Enemy troops abandoned their defenses and withdrew.

When Donald returned home in 1944 he was reluctant t to talk about the war. He was active in his church community, the American Legion and the Command Firing Squad.

In 2005 Donald Schwab passed away at the age of 85.

President Barack Obama called Donald's son to tell him his father would be honored.

"He basically said 'we've reviewed your dad's past military records and he deserves the Medal of Honor,'" Terry said.

Schwab is one of 24 veterans considered overlooked, for their heroic actions during various wars. All will be honored at a ceremony at the White House on March 18th.
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