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It Took A Century for America to Award Afrikan Hero With the Medal Of Honor

After nearly a century of waiting, Sgt. Henry Johnson of the “Harlem Hellfighters” was finally awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. During World War I, Sgt. Johnson, also known as “Black Death,” fought off two-dozen Germans with only a gun and a knife.
It took twenty years of research and an act of Congress to finally bring honor to this heroic soldier. The White House conferred the honor posthumously upon Johnson. Johnson died at the age of 32. He had no surviving family to receive the medal on his behalf. It was, instead, received by New York National Guard Command Sgt. Maj. Louis Wilson.

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