Medal of Honor for Sgt. Henry Johnson and Sgt. William Shemin

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

What is it?

President Barack Obama will award the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest award for valor, to two United States Army World War I veterans during a White House ceremony today at 11:00 a.m. EDT.

Sgt. Henry Johnson will receive the Medal of Honor posthumously for his actions during combat operations in the vicinity of the Tourbe and Aisne Rivers, northwest of Saint Menehoul, France, on May 15, 1918. Command Sgt. Maj. Louis Wilson, representing the New York National Guard, will accept the Medal of Honor on Sgt. Johnson's behalf.

Sgt. William Shemin will receive the Medal of Honor posthumously for his actions during combat operations in the vicinity of operations in the vicinity of the Vesle River, Bazoches, France, on Aug. 7-9, 1918. Sgt. Shemin's daughter, Ms. Elsie Shemin-Roth, will accept the Medal of Honor on her father's behalf.

What has the Army done?

The Office of the Chief of Public Affairs created Medal of Honor microsites to pay tribute to Johnson and Shemin, where viewers can access biographies, citations, and interviews about the recipients' heroism above and beyond the call of duty.

The White House ceremony will be streamed live from the microsites and live tweeted from #USArmy Twitter platform. In addition, the Army has published exclusive content for each recipient on the Army's official Facebook page.

Why is this important to the Army?

Johnson and Shemin displayed the attributes of a professional Soldier, and embodied the Warrior Ethos. The U.S. Army is proud of these Soldiers and pleased to see their professionalism, service and sacrifice recognized - in full view of a new generation.

What does the Army have planned after the White House Ceremony?

In addition to today's ceremony at the White House, the Deputy Secretary of Defense and Army senior leaders will recognize Johnson and Shemin during a Pentagon Hall of Heroes Induction Ceremony, scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on June 3. The ceremony will be streamed live at the Medal of Honor microsites for Sgt. Henry Johnson and Sgt. William Shemin.

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Focus Quote for the Day

From my father came this wonderful generosity and this wonderful sense of honor. If our country needs you, you go. No discussion. You go and you do more than is asked for you.

- Elsie Shemin-Roth, fondly remembers her father, Sgt. William Shemin, who is being posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor today, as a generous, hard-working man, who bravely fought in World War I and taught his family a strong sense of values

Daughter recalls fond memories, bravery of Medal of Honor nominee Shemin

Medal of Honor award will be live streamed at 11 a.m. EDT Sgt. William Shemin and Sgt. Henry Johnson microsites

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