Two World War I Army heroes - one black, one Jewish - finally received the Medal of Honor, which they may have been denied because of discrimination, nearly 100 years after bravely rescuing comrades on the battlefields of France. (June 2)
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"Today, America honors two of her sons who served in World War I, nearly a century ago. These two soldiers were roughly the same age, dropped into the battlefields of France at roughly the same time. They both risked their own lives to save the lives of others. They both left us decades ago before we could give them the full recognition they deserve. But it's never too late to say, 'Thank you.'"
2. Wide of audience with African American servicemen
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3. SOUNDBITE: (English) President Barack Obama:
"We can't change what happened to too many soldiers like him (Pvt. Henry Johnson) who went uncelebrated because our nation judged them by the color of their skin and not the content of their character but we can do our best to make it right."
4. Obama presenting Medal of Honor to New York Army National Guard Command Sgt. Maj. Louis E. Wilson on behalf of the belated Pvt. Henry Johnson
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5. SOUNDBITE: (English) President Barack Obama:
"Today we present America's highest military declaration, the medal of honor to Pvt Henry Johnson and Sgt. William Shemin."
6. SOUNDBITE: (English) President Barack Obama:
"It has taken a long time for Henry Johnson William Shemin to receive the recognition they deserve. And there are surely others whose heroism is still unacknowledged and uncelebrated. So we have work to do as a nation to make sure that all of our heroes stories our told, and we will keep at it no matter how long it takes."
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