January 11, 2012
Elsie Shemin-Roth flips through a book documenting the heroic acts of her father, William Shemin, during World War I, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012, at her home in Labadie, Mo. Thanks to the tireless effort of his daughter and nearly four decades after his death, Shemin may finally be awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions, but never received, many believe because he was Jewish.
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It was bravery at the highest level: William Shemin defied German machine gun fire to sprint across a World War I battlefield and pull wounded comrades to safety. And he did so no fewer than three times.