Army Veteran Santiago Erevia is one of 24 veterans who served in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, and will receive the U.S. military's highest honor next month.
The Huffington Post reports that the 68-year-old former sergeant has been cited for his courage during a search and clear mission near Tam Ky, South Vietnam, on May 21, 1969, and will be recognized at a March 18 ceremony with a Medal of Honor.
Erevia is also one of 18 Latinos whose heroic service earned him the Distinguished Service Cross -- the nation's second-highest award for gallantry.
"For Mexican-American and Latino veterans, it's a really high point," Ignacio Garcia, a Vietnam veteran and Latino history professor at Brigham Young University, told AP.
"It highlights the notion of duty — in spite of problems, and despite limitations that people put upon the Latino community, and despite having being treated as second-class citizens."