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Henry Lincoln Johnson (1897 – July 5, 1929)

On June 2, 2015, President Barack Obama will award the Medal of Honor to Army Private Henry Johnson for conspicuous gallantry during World War I.

Private Henry Johnson will receive the Medal of Honor posthumously for his actions while serving as a member of Company C, 369th Infantry Regiment, 93rd Division, American Expeditionary Forces. Then-Private Johnson distinguished himself during combat operations in the vicinity of the Tourbe and Aisne Rivers, northwest of Saint Menehoul, France, on May 15, 1918.

Private Johnson entered the Army on June 5, 1917. He was assigned to Company C, 15th New York (Colored) Infantry Regiment, an all-black National Guard unit that would later become the 369th Infantry Regiment. The Regiment was ordered into battle in 1918, and Private Johnson and his unit were brigaded with a French Army colonial unit in front-line combat.

While on night sentry duty on May 15, 1918, Private Johnson and a fellow Soldier received a surprise attack by a German raiding party consisting of at least 12 soldiers. While under intense enemy fire and despite receiving significant wounds, Johnson mounted a brave retaliation resulting in several enemy casualties.

When his fellow soldier was badly wounded, Private Johnson prevented him from being taken prisoner by German forces. Private Johnson exposed himself to grave danger by advancing from his position to engage an enemy soldier in hand-to-hand combat. Displaying great courage, Private Johnson held back the enemy force until they retreated.

Command Sergeant Major Louis Wilson, New York National Guard, will join the President at the White House to accept the Medal of Honor on Private Johnson’s behalf.


More on Henry Johnson here



NY Daily News: …. Although doctors had replaced his shin bone with a steel tube and removed most of the bones from one foot, Johnson’s discharge papers rated him as having a zero percent disability, disqualifying him for benefits.

Succumbing to poverty and drink, he died at the age of 32 and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery, his only recognition the French Croix de Guerre.

At last, in 1996, the U.S. awarded Johnson a Purple Heart and followed up in 2002 with the nation’s second-highest commendation, the Distinguished Service Cross. At the time, the military denied Johnson the Medal of Honor, finding insufficient documentation of his heroism.

Subsequently, Sen. Chuck Schumer’s volunteer historians have amassed overwhelming proof that this quintessential Hellfighter from Harlem performed with incomprehensible valor in service of a nation that spurned him at every turn because of skin color.

Full article here



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Photo Of The Year: November & December


Your September Winner:

President Obama hugs Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. who is resigning from his post (Photo by Doug Mills)


Your October Winner:

President Obama greets Nina Pham, a Dallas nurse diagnosed with Ebola after caring for an infected patient in Texas, in the Oval Office (Photo by Pete Souza)



(1) President Obama with his Attorney General nominee Loretta E. Lynch (Photo by Doug Mills)

(2) Arriving at the Myanmar International Convention Center in Naypyidaw (AP Photo)

(3) At the gala dinner at the 25th ASEAN Summit in Myanmar International Convention Centre in Naypyitaw (Photo by Christophe Archambault)

(4) President Obama walks with Aung San Suu Kyi back into her residence following their joint press conference in Yangon, Burma (Photo by Pete Souza)

(5) Boarding Air Force One prior to his departure at Yangon International Airport (Photo by Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

(6) President Obama holds a koala prior to the G20 Welcome to Country Ceremony at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Center (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Photo Of The Year: September & October


Your July Winner:

President Obama greets Emmitt and Pat Smith and family, and Team 22 on the Rose Garden steps of the White House (Photo by Pete Souza)


Your August Winner:

President Obama during a statement on the situation in Ferguson, Missouri and Iraq (Photo by Doug Mills)



(1) A little girl looks up at President Obama as he talks with wounded warriors and their families in the East Room during their tour of the White House (Photo by Pete Souza)
(2) President Obama visits Stonehenge in Wiltshire in the United Kingdom, after leaving the NATO summit in Newport, Wales
(3) President Obama greets children as he is welcomed by Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves at Kadriorg Palace in Tallinn, Estonia

(4) President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive on stage for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Annual Phoenix Awards dinner

(5) President Obama hugs Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. who is resigning from his post (Photo by Doug Mills)

(6) Presidents Obama and Clinton backstage at the Clinton Global Initiative (Photo by Pete Souza)

(7) Before being introduced at a White House event to launch the “It’s On Us” initiative, aimed at ending sexual assaults on college campuses, President Obama listens through a door as Lilly Jay talks about being sexually assaulted (Photo by Pete Souza)

(8) President Obama meets with President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine in the Oval Office (Photo by Doug Mills)

(9) President Obama greets retired Army Command Sgt. Major Bennie Adkins and family in the Oval Office before awarding him the Medal of Honor (Photo by Pete Souza)

(10) President Obama picks up 13-month-old Larnell Maurice Perry Jr., grandson of Angelene C. Carter, who was killed in the September 11 attacks at the Pentagon



(1) A boy dressed as a college graduate looks up at President Obama as he greets costumed trick-or-treaters during Halloween festivities by the South Portico of the White House

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