Pictured above is the smiling face of Private Henry Johnson, who was highly decorated by the French Army for the genuine acts of heroism that he performed one night in a front-line trench. For those who have read the history of the New York 369th Infantry Regiment, this article will leave you a little sadder for all the racial stereotyping and cheekiness that was so clearly enjoyed by the journalist and his editors. These writers never belittled Sergeant York in this manner.
On June 2, 2015 Henry Johnson was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in a White House ceremony.
Dorie Miller was an African-American hero during the Second World War, click here if you would like to read about him.
Read about racism in the U.S. Army of W.W. I