Heroic Soldier's WWI story told in digital comic
By Eric Durr, New York National Guard
via the army.mil web site
LATHAM, N.Y. – Sgt. Henry Johnson, the Albany resident whose World War I service in the New York National Guard’s 369th Infantry Regiment was recognized with the Medal of Honor almost a century later, is now the subject of a digital comic.
The 11-page comic tells the story of Johnson’s actions on May 14, 1918.
Johnson and Pvt. Needham Roberts were on outpost duty when a German raiding party attacked their position out in front of the trenches. The two Americans fought back with grenades and rifle fire, and when Roberts was knocked unconscious and the Germans tried to carry him away, Johnson attacked them with his bolo knife.
The 369th had been fighting with the French Army and Johnson was the first American to receive the French Croix de Guerre with a golden palm, France’s highest award for bravery. But the Medal of Honor eluded him until 2015 when it was presented posthumously by President Barack Obama.
The 369th Infantry was an African-American regiment in a segregated Army. The unit fought under French command because no American commander wanted them.
They went on to become one of the most decorated units in World War I.
The Henry Johnson digital comic is the sixth produced by the Association of the United States Army, known as AUSA for short, which focus on recipients of the Medal of Honor.
Read the entire article on the army.mil web site.
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