To the Editor:
I am submitting this letter on behalf of William Shemin, a deceased resident of Bayonne who has been sincerely identified by his superior in the United States Army as a hero, and I quote US Army Captain Rupert Purdon “with the most utter disregard for his own safety, Sergeant William Shemin sprang from his position in his platoon trench, dashed out across the open in full sight of the Germans, who opened and maintained a furious burst of machine gun and rifle fire.” Sergeant Shemin was issued by Congress the Medal of Honor, the Purple Heart and years later was honored with the Distinguished Service Cross Award.
William was born in our city of Bayonne and played semi pro baseball as a teenager and after graduating from the New York State Ranger School went to work as a forester in Bayonne. He joined the US Army in 1914 and fought in Europe during WW1 where he performed acts of selfless duty to assist in saving his fellow soldiers.
I admire all our veterans for their gallant and untiring service to our country in order that we may continue to benefit from the freedoms. We have so many in the city of Bayonne to be proud of. I cannot begin to identify all who are with us today. With regard to Sergeant William Shemin, I humbly suggest that Bayonne Midtown Community School be named in honor of this great man, benefactor, hero and a true son of the great city of Bayonne.
JUAN M. PEREZ
Councilmember At Large
City of Bayonne