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Henry Johnson: A Tale of Courage

Henry Johnson: A Tale of Courage tells the story of his life, his family, and the extensive efforts to honor his bravery and courage after his death.


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Henry Johnson was an African American U.S. Army  soldier who fought heroically in the 369th Infantry Regiment of the U.S. Army in World War I. In May 1918 in the Argonne Forest of Northeast France, Johnson fought off a German raid in hand-to-hand combat, killing multiple German soldiers and rescuing a fellow soldier before fainting from the 21 wounds with which he was afflicted.

Henry Johnson: A Tale of Courage tells the story of his life, his family, and the extensive efforts to honor his bravery and courage after his death. Johnson was finally honored with the Purple Heart in 1996, the Distinguished Service Cross in 2002, and the Medal of Honor in 2015.

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Henry Johnson: A Tale of Courage

Aired: 2017-04-10 12:00:00 26:46 Expires: 09/11/17 Rating: NR

Learn the story of African American WWI hero Henry Johnson.

Sgt. Jim Dandles with Mayor Kathy SheehanSgt. Jim Dandles with Mayor Kathy SheehanThe City of Albany

The City of Albany Recipient of the First Henry Johnson Award for Distinguished Community Service was awarded to Sergeant James Dandles, a Vietnam War veteran and a veteran of the 369th Regiment