COLUMBUS, Ga. (WRBL)- Retired Sergeant 1st Class and Medal of Honor Recipient, Melvin Morris, spoke at the National Infantry Museum Friday morning for the Black Migrations, Black History Month program.
Morris discussed his time in the military and the struggles he faced as an African American man due to racial inequalities at the time.
In 2014, Morris was awarded the Medal of Honor 40 years after his heroic acts in the Vietnam War.
Morris said he had never really thought about being awarded the Medal of Honor until he was told he had received it.
“I don’t get upset about things I can’t change,” said Morris in response to the 40-year delay of the award.
Morris also had a special message to share with young African Americans who are thinking about pursuing a career in the armed forces.
“Try to achieve what you think is impossible,” said Morris.