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It Took 97 Years to Get These Soldiers the Medal of Honor. Here’s How it Happened.

posted on June 2, 2015

In The Washington Post, Dan Lamothe reports that Sergeants William Shemin and Henry Johnson, who served during World War I, will each receive the Medal of Honor posthumously on Tuesday. Sergeant Shemin, a Jew, and Sergeant Johnson, an African American, “received the prestigious Croix de Guerre for their valor from the French government, but went unrecognized by the U.S. military for decades,” Lamothe writes. “Though praised by their fellow soldiers at the time, they were both denied the Medal of Honor for generations.”

Read at The Washington Post