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SU Alumnus William Shemin to Receive Medal of Honor Posthumously

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President Obama recently announced that the former SU football & lacrosse player will be posthumously award the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry during World War I.

William Shemin attended Syracuse University between 1919 and 1924. In that time, he was a member of some very good Syracuse Orange football teams as well as the lacrosse team. Multiple members of his family have attend SU in the years since.

Oh, and he served so valiantly in World War I BEFORE he attended SU that President Obama recently announced that Shemin will be posthumously award the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry during World War I.

Sergeant William Shemin will receive the Medal of Honor posthumously for his actions while serving as a member of Company G, 2nd Battalion, 47th Infantry Regiment, 4th Division, American Expeditionary Forces. Sergeant Shemin distinguished himself during combat operations in the vicinity of the Vesle River, Bazoches, France, on August 7-9, 1918.

Sergeant Shemin entered the Army on October 2, 1917. He was assigned as a rifleman to Company G, 47th Infantry Regiment, which moved from Syracuse, New York to Camp Greene, North Carolina, joining the 4th Infantry Division. The Division arrived in France in May, 1918.

While serving as a rifleman from August 7-9, 1918, Sergeant Shemin left the cover of his platoon’s trench and crossed open space, repeatedly exposing himself to heavy machine gun and rifle fire to rescue the wounded. After officers and senior non-commissioned officers had become casualties, Shemin took command of the platoon and displayed great initiative under fire, until he was wounded, August 9.

And you thought your high school extracurricular activities looked impressive...

You can read more about Shemin and his courageous actions here.