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June 2, 2015 / Gregory Williams

Veterans Day: Henry Lincoln Johnson

Reblogging to note the good news. Henry Lincoln Johnson has finally received his Medal of Honor.

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/06/02/411270886/harlem-hellfighter-and-jewish-soldier-get-long-overdue-medals-of-honor

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Pretty much everything I know about Henry Lincoln Johnson I learned from reading “Badass” by Ben Thompson. With respect to Mr. Thompson I shall try to tell Mr. Johnson’s story without plagiarising his work. Henry_Johnson

Basically this is the gist of it. Johnson enlisted in the Army in World War I because he was a patriot, and he was pretty tired of carrying heavy crap around for white people in New York City.

When he got to Europe, his unit, the 369th “Harlem Hell Fighters”, was given every crap job in the theater of war until finally the French, who by this time had their balls in a vice and were pissed that the Americans had not yet committed themselves to combat on the front lines, were given command of this all Black American unit which they threw at the Germans as soon as they could.

One night while on guard…

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