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Johnson, Henry (William Henry), 1892-1929



  • Existence: 1892-07-15 - 1912-07-01


United States Army soldier who performed heroically in the first African American unit of the United States Army to engage in combat in World War I.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Our Colored Heroes, 1918

Identifier: 2018.075
Scope and Contents Poster depicting the events of 14 May 1918 when Privates Roberts and Johnson fought off a 24 man German unit. Both men were awarded the Croix de Guerre, and in 1932 they were both awarded the Purple Heart when that award was revived. In 2002 Johnson received (posthumously) the Distinguished Service Cross, and in 2015, Johnson received the Medal of Honor.Text reads: "Honored as heroes/Henry Johnson Needham Roberts/Cired for bravery and receive the Croix de Guerre/Colored man is...
Dates: 1918

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