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A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

President Barack Obama presents Ina Bass, left, and Elsie Shemin-Roth with the Medal of Honor for their father, Army Sgt. William Shemin, at the White House in 2015. Sgt. Shemin was recognized for risking his life during World War I to save the lives of others. 

Daughter of Jewish WWI Medal of Honor winner will speak at two upcoming events

Mike Sherwin, Managing Editor March 25, 2021

The daughter of a Jewish American who earned a posthumous Medal of Honor for his actions in World War I will share her father’s story at two upcoming events, including a virtual discussion tonight held by the National WWI Museum and Memorial in Kansas...

Jacob Lavin (center) with group of American Expeditionary Forces in France. Lavin was one of the American Jews who fought in World War I.  

Kansas City museum exhibit honors Jewish service during WWI

BY SAM MOSHER, STAFF WRITER July 19, 2018

In August 1918, Sgt. William Shemin’s platoon was caught under heavy fire at the Vesle River in Bazoches, France. All officers above Shemin were injured or killed, and evacuation was the platoon’s best chance of survival. Instead, Shemin, only 19...

Jim Pritchard speaks at the Medal of Honor dedication ceremony for William Shemin. L-R: Col. Richard Goldenberg, Maj. Bruce Bublick, Elsie Shemin Roth, daughter of William Shemin. 

Bravery delayed, bravery honored

By Carl Moskowitz October 19, 2016

On June 2, 2015, Elsie Shemin Roth and her sister Ina Bass stood in front of many family members as President Barack Obama presented them with the congressional Medal of Honor awarded posthumously to their father, William Shemin, for his bravery in World...

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