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WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama is awarding the Medal of Honor to two World War I U.S. Army soldiers who may have been denied the top military honor in the past due to discrimination.
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.
Obama says "they both risked their own lives to save the lives of others." And he adds: "It's never too late to say thank you."
Shemin's two daughters, Elsie and Ina, received the award on behalf of their father. New York National Guard Command Sgt. Maj. Louis Wilson accepted the medal on Johnson's behalf.