- Associated Press - Friday, October 2, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The Medal of Honor posthumously awarded to a World War I hero from Albany will be put on temporary display in his hometown.

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer announced Thursday that the New York National Guard plans to bring Sgt. Henry Johnson’s medal to the state’s capital in the near future.

In June, President Barack Obama awarded the nation’s highest military decoration to Johnson, a train station porter who served with the 369th Infantry, a Manhattan-based National Guard unit known as the Harlem Hellfighters.

Johnson suffered serious wounds while fighting off German raiders and rescuing a comrade during a skirmish in France in 1918. Johnson, who was black, was denied official U.S. military recognition for decades.

The National Guard plans to eventually display Johnson’s medal at the state’s Military History Museum in Saratoga Springs.

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