Santiago Erevia


Age: 69

retired mail carrier and Vietnam War veteran who had been denied the U.S.'s highest military honor known as the Congressional Medal of Honor for 45 years because he was Hispanic after a 12-year Pentagon investigation mandated by Congress of discrimination in the awarding of the Medal of Honor found that the heroism of 23 other Army veterans of World War II and the Korean and Vietnam wars (most of them Hispanic) had been undervalued because of their race, religion, or ethnicity and thus denied the medal unjustly, but who single-handedly wiped out four enemy bunkers while his comrades lay wounded and was one of three such men still living who finally received the Medal in 2014 (21 others received it posthumously).

Cause of Death: Heart attack

Born: December 15, 1946

Died: March 22, 2016

San Antonio, Texas