A Wrong Put Right

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


130 Responses to “A Wrong Put Right”

  1. 1 criquet
    May 14, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    Wow! At last some justice.

  2. 7 criquet
    May 14, 2015 at 8:49 pm

    Good evening all.

  3. 8 Dudette
    May 14, 2015 at 8:53 pm

    Great post! Thank you, Chips!

  4. May 14, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    wow…MsChips…thanks for this post…

    • May 14, 2015 at 8:59 pm

      A pleasure PF, thank you, an extraordinary story.

      “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”

      Rest in peace, hero.

  5. 16 GGail
    May 14, 2015 at 9:04 pm

    Thanks Chips for posting this heroic solider’s story!

    Congrats criquet & Marlz on First place tie 🙂

  6. 25 GGail
    May 14, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    Input please. I’ve been getting a lot of emails from and about Russ Feingold’s campaign. What’s the deal?

    • 26 hopefruit2
      May 14, 2015 at 9:32 pm

      He’s running for his Senate seat once more and he wants your money.

      • 27 GGail
        May 14, 2015 at 9:34 pm

        Thanks sweetie. Then he needs to direct his emails to someone who got money – it ain’t me 😀

        • 28 hopefruit2
          May 14, 2015 at 9:38 pm

          Indeed. He should contact George Stephanopoulos who probably has another $75K hiding under his mattress!

        • 29 0388jojothecat
          May 14, 2015 at 9:40 pm

          Word…I will not lift a finger for WI candidates. They had four chances to get rid of Walker and didn’t, they voted out Feingold for no reason, the people of WI are messed up.

  7. May 14, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    • 31 GGail
      May 14, 2015 at 9:31 pm

      PBO is so smart that he can explain these situations in terms that everybody who is listening with both ears can understand.

  8. 32 GGail
    May 14, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    NW!!!! for goodness sake – STOP tweeting Scandal stuff. Have mercy on us West Coast gladiators! 😀

  9. May 14, 2015 at 9:23 pm

    ICYMI – we’ve got a friend 😎

  10. 41 Dudette
    May 14, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    Haha Eirc Wolfson is on a roll with movie hashtags!

  11. 43 hopefruit2
    May 14, 2015 at 9:29 pm

    Such a sad yet heartwarming story. Thanks to the dedicated historians, Sen Schumer and to President Obama for their efforts at righting a terrible injustice. And most importantly thanks to this brave warrior and long-unsung hero, Private Johnson. May he rest in peace and may his memory live on forever.

    • 44 misspat
      May 14, 2015 at 10:26 pm

      Now they should look for his heirs and award them all the money he would have collected if he wasn’t denied his pension. Anyway, he didn’t live long. Stress from not receiving his just reward and the racial tension he experienced in the Army shortened his life.

  12. 45 Dudette
    May 14, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    Oh my goodness! I thought this was a joke! Disney really thinks this is a good idea! Well aint that a big pile of giraffe chips?

  13. 46 hopefruit2
    May 14, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    LMAO! Wayward Pines immediately responded to Nerdy… 🙂 🙂

    • 47 GGail
      May 14, 2015 at 9:55 pm

      Is that the new show that Terrence Howard is in? Wow NW, you’ve become a celebrity in Twitterland 🙂

  14. 48 Dudette
    May 14, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    How playing an instrument benefits your brain

  15. 51 amk for obama
    May 14, 2015 at 9:48 pm

    Listen up folks.

    From here onwards, if anyone calls me a, I’m gonna go all sherrod on ya.

    And no, you can’t me m either.

    Mr. k ? …. ‘k.

  16. 61 amk for obama
    May 14, 2015 at 9:59 pm

  17. 66 amk for obama
    May 14, 2015 at 10:00 pm

    the real story behind why #danny peed on that cat toy.

  18. 68 Dudette
    May 14, 2015 at 10:14 pm


  19. 73 Dudette
    May 14, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    Hmm Asa Butterfield from Ender’s Game to be next SpiderMan?

  20. 78 globalcitizenlinda
    May 14, 2015 at 10:18 pm

    not related to this post at;

    I may be alone in saying this- so okay you heard it here first:

    I believe China is over-extending themselves and this may not turn out well; it is accumulating land and throwing money into lots places. eventually the law of diminishing returns will begin to demonstrate its validity;

    the leaders of China seem to have totally internalized the predictions that they are bound to be number one because of the sheer numbers of their economy and the current growth rate.

    hence, they are not discriminating in what they are investing in and they seem to be taking military decisions that are antagonizing their neighborhood.

    at the same time they leaders of China seem to have convinced themselves that as more and more of their citizens are getting richer, they will keep believing in their current form of government and never hunger or demand democracy.

    if history is any guide, this is wishful thinking and eventually we have seen what happened in Hong Kong be duplicated in Mainland China— but on a much large scale

  21. 80 GGail
    May 14, 2015 at 10:23 pm

    I Hear RAIN outside ☔️☔️☔️

  22. 83 amk for obama
    May 14, 2015 at 10:33 pm

    yay, kippers’ cage fight.


    money quote

    Mr O’Flynn, the party’s economic spokesman, had written in the Times that Mr Farage had gone from being a “cheerful, ebullient… daring” politician to a “snarling, thin-skinned, aggressive” man.

    He said that some around Mr Farage “would like to take UKIP in the direction of some hard-right, ultra-aggressive American Tea Party-type movement” and risked turning the party into a “personality cult”.

  23. 84 Dudette
    May 14, 2015 at 10:35 pm

    I guess Razzzmoosen had some $ to blow on stupid polls. FLOTUS ain’t got time for their mess. Why drag her in?

    • May 14, 2015 at 10:41 pm

      Fact is First Lady Obama would stomp any contender and they all know it.

      Lucky for them she is not interested.

      Unfortunate for us and humanity that she is not interested.

      • 86 Dudette
        May 14, 2015 at 10:44 pm

        True Bob, but she’s not interested. Why won’t they just leave her alone and let her do her thing? It’s tiresome. I’m just empathizing for her now.

  24. 87 Dudette
    May 14, 2015 at 10:36 pm


  25. May 14, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    Amazing person ….

    Congrats on 1st criquet 🙂

    I must congratulate Senator Schumer for his and his team’s unrelenting efforts to have Private Henry Lincoln Johnson receive the Medal of Honor. Of course, it would not have happened without the Presidency of Barack Hussein Obama. Thank you Chips for paying tribute to Private Johnson.

  26. May 14, 2015 at 10:45 pm

  27. 100 Dudette
    May 14, 2015 at 10:46 pm

  28. 101 Dudette
    May 14, 2015 at 10:48 pm

  29. 105 Dudette
    May 14, 2015 at 10:49 pm

  30. 106 CEB
    May 14, 2015 at 10:51 pm

    shallow alert. The Scandal finale ( I will not say what it is out of respect for the west coasters) just made me go ummm, what?? It was unexpected and not looked for, but for me, not the OMG moment that i was looking for as a way to end the season. Those of you who have seen it, what say you? Feelings are mixed on Twitter.

  31. May 14, 2015 at 10:56 pm

    You guys if you find Forus in an ally somewhere in Chicago, give him my regards!

    Image and video hosting by TinyPic

    Cavs 94 …. Bulls 73

    all while Kyrie went down in the 2nd Q & Bron only scored 15pts

    • 111 Dudette
      May 14, 2015 at 11:02 pm

      What’s on tonight’s menu?
      Smoked Bull Tongue

      • May 14, 2015 at 11:09 pm


        Did you watch the Hawks/Wiz game last night? Paul Pierce hit a 3 w/ 13 seconds left to put D.C. up by 1 and turned to the Atlanta bench and yelled “series” ….only to have Al Horford tip in a game winner 12 seconds later 😎

        Whoever wins that is going to get smoked by Cleveland in the E. Conf finals…who will then proceed to get smoked by Golden State or the Clippers in the finals….Cleveland’s NBA championship dreams were dashed when Kevin Love got knocked out for the rest of the playoffs.

  32. 117 Dudette
    May 14, 2015 at 11:03 pm

  33. 118 99ts
    May 14, 2015 at 11:08 pm

    It seems the RW answer to the question is always about mis-hearing the question

    “However, the Prime Minister’s office says Mr Abbott misheard the question and there is no change to the policy that was put forward in the budget.”

    Abbott copying from Bush.

  34. 119 globalcitizenlinda
    May 14, 2015 at 11:10 pm

    Army Private Henry Johnson is one of those people whose life story proves that : ” the arc of moral justice is long but it bends towards justice”;

    his story gives us a reason to hope

  35. 120 Dudette
    May 14, 2015 at 11:19 pm

  36. 121 Dudette
    May 14, 2015 at 11:20 pm

  37. 122 Dudette
    May 14, 2015 at 11:20 pm

  38. May 14, 2015 at 11:27 pm

    I’m sorry I can’t take European protestors seriously if they have a PBO cut-outs w/ him wearing Google glasses 😆

    “…The bill that the House passed yesterday, called the USA Freedom Act, doesn’t actually suspend the phone records program. Rather, it requires that phone companies, not the NSA, hold onto the records. “Good! Let them take them. I’m tired of holding onto this,” a current senior U.S. official told The Daily Beast. It requires teams of lawyers and auditors to ensure that the NSA is complying with the Section 215 of the Patriot Act, which authorizes the program, as well as internal regulations on how the records can and can’t be used, he said. The phone records program has become a political lightning rod, the most controversial of all the classified operations that Snowden exposed. If the NSA can still get access to the records but not have to hold onto them itself, all the better, the senior official said….

    And there’s another irony. Before the Snowden leaks, the NSA was already looking for alternatives to storing huge amounts of phone records in the agency’s computers. And one of the ideas officials considered was asking Congress to require phone companies to hang onto that information for several years. The idea died, though, because NSA leaders thought that Congress would never agree, current and former officials have said…continued”

  39. 126 amk for obama
    May 14, 2015 at 11:34 pm

    So tpa passes. Iran deal moves along.

    heck, the kenyan should have started the lame ducky thingy in 2008.

  40. 128 vcprezofan2
    May 14, 2015 at 11:56 pm

    Read the post AND the comments.

    Ta-Nehisi Coates Responds to President Obama

    For all the ways we’ve been reminded lately that racism is alive and doing fairly well in this country, I’d like to ask you to take a moment and consider the fact that a young African American writer is having a conversation with our first African American president about the role of race in our lives and politics today (even if that conversation is happening over distance and time). I’d say that’s pretty remarkable.


  41. 130 globalcitizenlinda
    May 15, 2015 at 12:26 am

    as recent reports have proven, every country spies on other nations, in the past, now and in the future;

    false outrage is just that – to console the domestic audience

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