World War I vet posthumously receives Medal of Honor

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - A World War I vet was awarded the Medal of Honor Tuesday morning at the White House.

Correcting a long ago wrong, Obama posthumously recognized Sgt. William Shemin, a Jewish soldier, and Pvt. Henry Johnson, an African American serviceman, for their heroism nearly a century ago.

Elsie Shemin-Roth is from St. Louis.  She accepted the award from President Obama on behalf of her father the late Sergeant William Shemin.  He's being honored for risking his life and repeatedly exposing himself to enemy fire to rescue wounded soldiers.

New York National Guard Command Sgt. Maj. Louis Wilson accepted the medal on Johnson's behalf.


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