ST. LOUIS – The Missouri National Guard Public Affairs Office will host a press conference for the daughter of Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. William Shemin at the Jewish Federation of St. Louis. Sgt. Shemin will receive the Medal of Honor posthumously for his courage, his daughter, Elsie Shemin-Roth, is accepting on his behalf.
Sgt. Shemin will receive the Medal of Honor posthumously for his courageous actions while serving as a rifleman with G Company, 2d Battalion, 47th Infantry Regiment, 4th Division, American Expeditionary Forces, in connection with combat operations against an armed enemy on the Vesle River, near Bazoches, France from August 7 to August 9, 1918. Sgt. Shemin left cover and crossed open space, repeatedly exposing himself to heavy machine-gun and rifle fire, to rescue wounded. After Officers and Senior Noncommissioned Officers had become casualties, Sgt. Shemin took command of the platoon and displayed great initiative under fire until wounded on August 9.
Media are encouraged to attend the press conference on Wednesday, May 20, at the Jewish Federation of St. Louis, 12 Millstone Campus Dr., St. Louis, Mo., 63146. Media are asked to arrive no later than 9:45 a.m. and the press conference is scheduled to begin promptly at 10 a.m. Please allow time to get through security.
Ms. Shemin-Roth will not be available for interviews or comments prior to this press conference and media are asked to respect her privacy and not contact her directly. There may be limited opportunities for individual interviews after the news conference by request. At the request of the family, all media requests for subsequent interviews should be made through the Missouri National Guard public affairs office at (573) 638-9846 or firstname.lastname@example.org.