(KFVS) - February is Black History Month, and in the spotlight for Feb. 26, 2016 is Medal of Honor recipient Sergeant Ruben Rivers (1921-1944).
No African American soldier or sailor was awarded a Medal of Honor during or shortly after World War II.
In 1993 a Department of Defense study found that systemic racism kept blacks from being nominated and recommended the Army consider a group of 10 soldiers who'd been awarded for the Medal of Honor. Sgt. Rivers was among those soldiers.
Rivers had already been awarded the Silver Star, and the Purple Heart, for his heroic actions as a member of the 761st Tank Battalion in northeastern France in November of 1944.
River's official Medal of Honor citation reads: