SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. (AP) -- A new Hall of Heroes recognizes the 24 soldiers of the Third Army to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor.

The hall at the Third Army's headquarters at Shaw Air Force Base features 24 plaques detailing each recipient's award.

The Item of Sumter reports ( ) that 23 of the recipients fought in World War II. The latest was honored for his bravery in Iraq in 2003. Half of the recipients died in the line of duty.

The three-star general in charge of the Third Army, Lt. Gen. James Terry, presided over Friday's ceremony.

The 3rd Army supplies and supports U.S. land forces in 20 nations of the Middle East and southwestern Asia. Its troops are best known for the European campaigns under Gen. George S. Patton.

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