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Missouri’s two US Senators are joining hands to pay tribute to soldiers who may have been overlooked due to discrimination. KSMU’s Jennifer Moore has details.
Democrat Claire McCaskill and Republican Roy Blunt have co-sponsored, along with two other senators, a bill that would review military records to see whether Jewish World War One veterans qualify for the Medal of Honor.
McCaskill says Congress has also looked into past injustices to other minorities.
“We want to make sure that there was not any overlooking of any bravery or acts of heroism. There may be some deserving medals that families would like to have as part of their heritage,” McCaskill said.
In a statement, Blunt said he was proud to co-sponsor the bill. He referred to the case of Sergeant William Shemin, whose Missouri daughter wrote her Congressman last year to say her father saved his fellow soldiers’ lives three times in fierce battles in France…but was deprived of the medal he earned because he had a captain who was very anti-Semitic.
For KSMU News, I’m Jennifer Moore.