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Former Okmulgee Soldier Inducted Into U.S. Army's Hall Of Heroes

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Image of Sgt. 1st Class Melvin Morris at the Pentagon. [DVIDS] Image of Sgt. 1st Class Melvin Morris at the Pentagon. [DVIDS]
Photo of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel with Sgt. 1st Class Melvin Morris. [DVIDS] Photo of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel with Sgt. 1st Class Melvin Morris. [DVIDS]
WASHINGTON -

One of Oklahoma's own was inducted into the U.S. Army's Hall of Heroes Wednesday at the Pentagon.

Former Green Beret Sgt. 1st Class Melvin Morris, who was born in Okmulgee, was one of 24 veterans recognized at the ceremony.

Wednesday's event follows a ceremony at the White House on Tuesday where Morris and the other 23 men received the Medal of Honor from President Barack Obama.

3/18/2014 Related Story: Former Okmulgee Green Beret Receives Medal Of Honor

Morris, 72, was commanding a strike force during the Vietnam War in 1969 when it came under attack.

Morris is one of three of the 24 Medal of Honor recipients still alive to receive the honor.

Morris received the Distinguished Service Cross in 1970 for extraordinary heroism during the battle.

The Army says Morris retired at Fort Hood, Texas in May 1985 and currently lives in Cocoa, Florida.

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