Harlem Hellfighters

Two World War I Soldiers to receive Medal of Honor

President Barack Obama announced on 13 May 2015 that he will award Medals of Honor to two World War I Soldiers, who were previously overlooked for the nation’s highest military award for valor. Then-Pvt. William Henry Johnson, of the 369th Infantry Regiment (known as the Harlem Hellfighters), and Sgt. William Shemin, of the 4th Infantry Division, …

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William Butler: Deserving the Medal of Honor for WWI

The headline of the Baltimore Afro-American took note, “Trenton Has Nothing on Salisbury.” And the newspaper boasted, “Trenton, New Jersey, may have her Needham Roberts, but it takes Salisbury, Maryland, to produce a William Butler. Roberts had his comrade, Henry Johnson, to help him in repulsing a raiding party of Germans, but Butler took care …

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The Harlem Hellfighters: The Most Storied African-American Combat Unit of World War I

On the Western Front of World War I, death did not discriminate. Artillery screaming towards the trenches treated men of all color the same. But the soldiers of the 92nd and 93rd divisions lived segregated lives both in and out of war. These all-black units, which served under mostly white officers, readily took up arms …

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WWI Hellfighter Closer to Getting Medal of Honor Award

Harlem Hellfighter Henry Lincoln Johnson is another step closer to being the second black WWI hero to be awarded the Medal of Honor. The Oregonian reported Sept. 4 that a campaign launched by former New York Sen. Joe DioGuardi and continued by Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish; Sens. Charles Schumer of New York and Ron Wyden of Oregon; …

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