Push to posthumously give black soldier D-Day Medal of Honor

A new push is under way to posthumously award an African American soldier the Medal of Honor for actions on D-Day.

A letter sent Wednesday to acting Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy calls for a formal review into the case of Cpl. Waverly B. Woodson Jr.

Woodson was an army medic assigned to the 320th Barrage Balloon Battalion. At a time when the military was still segregated by race, the balloon battalion was the only African American combat unit to land on Normandy on June 6, 1944.

The letter describes how Woodson was wounded while still on his landing craft but spend the next 30 hours saving lives on the beach.

The letter says it’s clear Woodson didn’t receive the Medal of Honor “because of the color of his skin.”

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