President Barack Obama posthumously awarded two World War I army heroes, Sgt. William Shemin, a Jewish soldier, and Pvt. Henry Johnson, an African-American soldier, Medals of Honor June 2. The medal is the nation’s highest military declaration for bravery in combat.
Though both men fought for the French against the Germans in the early 1900s, and risked their lives to save fellow soldiers on the battlefield, neither had received any recognition from the military, due to discrimination, the White House stated.