SAN ANTONIO -

Two San Antonio Army veterans will soon be awarded the Medal of Honor.

President Barack Obama announced 24 Army veterans would receive the nation's highest military award for their combat actions in Vietnam, Korea and World War II.

The San Antonio veterans, former Sgt. Santiago Erevia and retired Master Sgt. Jose Rodela are two of three living recipients of the award.

Erevia said in July 2013 he got a call from Obama, informing him that his Distinguished Service Cross, which he was awarded for his actions while serving in the Vietnam War, had been upgraded to the Medal of Honor.

"It's not every day that you get to talk to the president, and for him to come out and say, 'You're going to be awarded the Medal of Honor,'" said Erevia. "It's very emotional, very emotional and of course, I gave him my thanks."

On May 21, 1969, Erevia, armed with two rifles and several grenades, charged the enemy when his unit came under fire.

"I was able to survive by using tactics that the army taught me," Erevia said. "And I took out four bunkers."

Since then, Erevia moved to San Antonio, worked for the U.S. Postal Service, and had three sons and one daughter.

One of his sons served three tours in Iraq.

In 2002 Congress ordered a review of Jewish and Hispanic veterans who served in combat to ensure those deserving the Medal of Honor were not denied because of discrimination.

Erevia said he's just happy to get his award.

"Even if it was 44 years late, I'll be glad to have it," he said.

Erevia is scheduled to receive his Medal of Honor on March 18 during a White House ceremony.

Obama will decorate him, as well as Rodela.