Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Something to Kwell About

WASHINGTON — Almost a century after her father's act of wartime bravery, 82-year-old Elsie Shemin-Roth of Missouri is nearing the end of her own determined battle. William Shemin was a 19-year-old kid from Bayonne, N.J., in 1918 when his heroics during World War I made him the recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross, the nation's second-highest combat award. The legendary Gen. John "Black Jack" Pershing, commander of the American Expeditionary Force, signed it himself. But for a decade, Shemin-Roth has pushed to get the Army to determine whether her father actually deserved the ultimate military award — the Medal of Honor — but was denied because of discrimination.

Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2011/12/19/133535/wwi-vet-to-be-considered-for-honor.html
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