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Valor, Recognized. At Long Last.

It is always right and proper to acknowledge and thank soldiers for their valiant service to our country.

Even if it takes nearly 100 years.

Two heroes of World War I, Private Henry Johnson and Sergeant William Shemin–one African American, one Jewish–displayed remarkable feats of courage in action fighting on French battlefields while battling the Germans.

Their bravery was unmistakable. But the full measure of their valor largely went unrecognized. Until today.

Today President Obama posthumously awarded them the Medal of Honor during a ceremony at the White House, in a show of gratitude that is long overdue.

Courtesy White House

 

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