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PostSubject: Jew gets Medal of honor - 110 years after the fact   Thu Jun 04, 2015 3:02 am



Sergeant Shemin was an Army rifleman who during a three-day battle in August 1918 repeatedly left the safety of his platoon’s trench to recover wounded soldiers amid a barrage of machine-gun fire and artillery shells. He was hit by shrapnel, and a bullet pierced his helmet, lodging behind his left ear.

Sergeant Shemin survived, then earned a degree from the New York State College of Forestry at Syracuse University and started a landscaping business and had three children. He died in 1973. The medal was awarded at the urging of Jewish organizations.


The stories of the two soldiers offer a glimpse into the often bleak circumstances in France during World War I as British, French and American troops battled the advancing German Army across the countryside.

In its official description of Sergeant Shemin’s actions, the Army notes that he assumed command of his platoon after all of those senior to him had become casualties in a battle on the Vesle River, near Bazoches.

The Army’s website for Sergeant Shemin quotes one of his superiors, Capt. Rupert Purdon, as saying the sergeant, exhibiting utter disregard for his safety, “sprang from his position in his platoon trench” and “dashed out across the open in full sight of the Germans, who opened and maintained a furious burst of machine-gun and rifle fire.”

Private Johnson’s story is equally bracing. Serving under a French Army colonial unit on the western edge of the Forest of Argonne in the Champagne region, Private Johnson and a fellow soldier, Pvt. Needham Roberts, were ambushed by German soldiers.

After Private Roberts was badly wounded, Private Johnson fought to keep him from being captured, according to the Army’s official narrative of the battle.

“Johnson exposed himself to grave danger by advancing from his position to engage an enemy soldier in hand-to-hand combat,” the Army account says. “Wielding only a knife and being seriously wounded, Johnson continued fighting, took his bolo knife and stabbed it through an enemy soldier’s head.”

Mr. Schumer said in an interview that Private Johnson had long deserved the Medal of Honor, but that early efforts to find a contemporaneous description of Private Johnson’s valor — one requirement for the award — had been unsuccessful. In 2011, however, a staff member in Mr. Schumer’s office discovered two such descriptions, helping to break through what he called a bureaucratic logjam.

In addition, Mr. Schumer said, the Army relented on the rules about serving under an American command. “It’s so moving because of what Henry Johnson did, because of why he didn’t win the medal, all the bureaucracy,” he said.

“I’m confident,” Mr. Schumer added, that Private Johnson and the man he protected, Private Roberts, are “looking down from heaven and smiling.”

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PostSubject: Re: Jew gets Medal of honor - 110 years after the fact   Thu Jun 04, 2015 7:56 am

"sprang from his position in his platoon trench” and “dashed out across the open in full sight of the enemy"


Isn't that what all soldiers did in WW I ? so do all the soldiers of WW I get a medal or is this one special because it's an extra ordinary accomplishment for a jew.




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PostSubject: Re: Jew gets Medal of honor - 110 years after the fact   Thu Jun 04, 2015 10:54 am

Jewish heroism is never in the present, but always in the past.

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