Albany in Albany County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Battle of Henry Johnson
First American Awarded
Croix De Guerre
In Memory of Sergeant Henry Lincoln Johnson Albany, New York for uncommon valor in combat against an armed enemy May 14th, 1918 while serving with Company C 369th Infantry Regiment part of U. S. Expeditionary Forces during World War I Assigned to the Fourth French Army Awarded the Croix De Guerre by France Dedicated this 11th day of November 1991 at Albany, New York
President William Clinton directed the award of the Purple Heart to Henry Johnson on 25 June 1996 seventy-eight years following the action
The United States of America to all who shall see these presents greeting this to certify that the President of the United States of America has awarded the Purple Heart established by General George Washington at Newburgh New York August 7 1782 to Henry Johnson Then Sergeant United States Army for wounds received in action in World War 1 on 14 May 1918 given under my hand in the city of Washington this 25th day of June 1996 (Signed) Togo D. West, Jr. Secretary of the Army
369th US Infantry formerly 15th
Regiment awarded the following battle streamers
Champagne - Marne
Meuse - Argonne
Croixe De Guerre with Silver Star
25 July 1917 28 February 1919
First Allied regiment to reach the Rhine
Never lost a man captured, a trench or a foot of ground
191 Days in Combat Longest of any American unit
367 Men Killed in Action
1097 Men Wounded in Action
Bust Dedicated May 27, 1996
Gerald D. Jennings Mayor
E. Alvin Mitchell National President
Leroy Ramsey Military Historian
Rev. Arthur T. Moore Chaplain
Monument completed 11 November 1996
A joint project by the City of Albany Thomas M. Whalen III, Mayor and Albany District 369th Veterans Association, Inc. Co-Chairman Thomas M. Whalen, III Cliford M. Johnson
James A. Dandles President, Albany District 369 Veterans' Association, Inc.
Samuel w. Phillips (BG Ret) past National President
Vincent J. Forte Sr, Sculptor
Francis J. Alphonso
Lawrence C. Burwell
Peter M. Conway
Douglass W. Johnson
Henry F. Shadrick
Gordon Van Ness
Erected 1996 by City of Albany & Albany District 369th Veterans Association.
Location. 42° 39.229′ N, 73° 46.139′ W. Marker is in Albany, New York, in Albany County. Marker is on Washington Park Road a.k.a. Henry Johnson Blvd., on the right when traveling west. Click for map. The Marker is in the southeast corner of Washington Park. Marker is in this post office area: Albany NY 12210, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. New York State Office Building (approx. half a mile away); 200th Anniversary of the Birth of George Washington (approx. half a mile away); The Four Immortal Chaplains (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Elms (approx. 0.6 miles away); Lincoln in Albany (approx. 0.6 miles away); LaFayette Park (approx. 0.7 miles away); Bleecker Park (approx. 0.7 miles away); Site of Main Entrance to Old Capitol (approx. 0.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Albany.
Regarding The Battle of Henry Johnson. Henry Johnson was born in 1897 in Alexandria, Virginia moved to Albany, New York when he was in his early teens. He worked as a redcap porter at the Albany Union Station on Broadway. Johnson enlisted in the Army June 5, 1917, joining the all-black New York National Guard unit,the 15th New York Infantry, which, when mustered into federal service was renamed the 369th Infantry Regiment, based in Harlem.
After World War I, Henry Johnson was hailed as a hero, and a ticker-tape parade was held in his honor in New York City.
Johnson died at age 32 in New Lenox, Illinois at the Veterans Hospital, on July 5, 1929, penniless, estranged from his wife and three children and without official recognition from the U.S. government. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
Also see . . .
1. Henry Lincoln Johnson Sergeant, United States Army.
2. Henry Johnson Find A Grave Memorial.
3. Medal of Honor: Sergeant Henry Johnson.
1. Bronzes of Henry Johnson
I was glad to see my dad's bronze of Henry Johnson noted here. You may not be aware that there is a second (different) bronze of Henry Johnson also sculpted by my dad at the other end of Henry Johnson Blvd in a pocket park created by the city of Albany. Thus as far as I know this is the only time a man has been honored with a street named after him and a bronze of him at each end of the street with the bronzes completed by the same sculptor. On the second bronze you will see an unusual point on the chest. This is where a bronze of the last remaining medal due to him will be placed when it is approved. It is a blemish not on the bronze but on the country that it is still missing approval and thus missing from the bronze.
Vince Forte, Jr.
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