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Former Syracuse athlete to receive Medal of Honor


In 1924, William Shemin graduated from Syracuse University. His career with the Orange was outlined by his time on the football and lacrosse teams, but his actions off the field are what make him memorable.

According to the United States Army and NBC Sports: A semi-pro baseball player during his teenage years, Shemin graduated from the New York Ranger school in 1914.

With the increase of US involvement in World War I, Shemin enlisted with the military on October 2, 1917. Within a year of enlisting, Shemin found himself in France running through artillery fire pulling wounded comrades back to safety. He was wounded by a machine gun during battle that went through his helmet and was lodged behind his left ear.

For his efforts during the war, Shemin received both the Purple Heart and the Distinguished Service Cross for battlefield valor.

Shemin’s daughter will receive the Medal of Honor on behalf of her late father from President Barack Obama at a ceremony in the White House in the next week and a half.

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