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Today we salute William Henry Johnson born in Winston Salem, North Carolina, Johnson moved to New York as a teenager. He worked various jobs - as a chauffeur, soda mixer, laborer in a coal yard, and a redcap porter at Albany's Union Station. He enlisted in the U.S. Army, June 5, 1917, and 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 369th Infantry Regiment was ordered into battle in 1918, and Johnson and his unit were brigaded with a French army colonial unit in front-line combat. Johnson served one tour of duty to the western edge of the Argonne Forest in France's Champagne region, from 1918-1919.
For his battlefield valor, Johnson became one of the first Americans to be awarded the French Croix de Guerre avec Palme, France's highest award for valor.

Johnson returned home from his tour and was unable to return to his pre-war porter position due to the severity of his 21 combat injuries. Johnson died in July 1929. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.

Johnson was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart in 1996 and the Distinguished Service Cross in 2002 Black History Month Black History Winston-Salem, North Carolina Military.com The Purple Heart Foundation Arlington National Cemetery
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Today we salute William Henry Johnson born in Winston Salem, North Carolina, Johnson moved to New York as a teenager. He worked various jobs - as a chauffeur, soda mixer, laborer in a coal yard, and a redcap porter at Albanys Union Station. He enlisted in the U.S. Army, June 5, 1917, and 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 369th Infantry Regiment was ordered into battle in 1918, and Johnson and his unit were brigaded with a French army colonial unit in front-line combat. Johnson served one tour of duty to the western edge of the Argonne Forest in Frances Champagne region, from 1918-1919.
For his battlefield valor, Johnson became one of the first Americans to be awarded the French Croix de Guerre avec Palme, Frances highest award for valor.

Johnson returned home from his tour and was unable to return to his pre-war porter position due to the severity of his 21 combat injuries. Johnson died in July 1929. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.

Johnson was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart in 1996 and the Distinguished Service Cross in 2002 Black History Month Black History Winston-Salem, North Carolina Military.com The Purple Heart Foundation Arlington National Cemetery

 

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Handsome

Thank you for your service Mr. Johnson.

Thank you for your Service Sir and also to your extended Family.🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

Thank you for your service and making a place in history.

Thank you for sharing his story.

Thank you for your service

Soldiers of the brothers in battle for USA. ☺

Thank you Sir for your service

I didn’t know he was born in Winston-Salem.💪🏿

I thought there's more that he kill or captured over twenty?

Debra Brown

My Brother,endless love for you and comrades.

Hero

Thanks for your service

Thanks for sharing his story.

Thank you for your service sir. Rip

😅

What a hero! We all owe him a debt for our freedom!

Awesome

I Salute you Mr. William Henry Johnson! (Mr. William Henry Johnson)A Real American Hero! Rest In Paradise.

Yes a hero. Thanks for your service. RIP.

Thank you, hero.

Thank you for service!! American hero

Thank you for your service Sir

God bless, thank you for your service.

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Kentucky Derby Benefit Event

"Watch the greatest 2 minutes in sports & help your community for a lifetime."

We are inviting the community to watch the most exciting 2 minutes in sports at our inaugural Kentucky Derby Benefit Event!

You will experience a lively and festive afternoon throughout The Millennium Center, our version of Churchill Downs.

Enjoy live entertainment by Radio Revolver, viewing of the 144th Kentucky Derby Race, some of Winston’s culinary favorites, a Bourbon Bar, tasty Mint Juleps, hat and bow tie contests, and some wonderful surprises.