- Associated Press - Monday, June 1, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A retired Rochester police officer who’s the top enlisted soldier in the New York Army National Guard will be in Washington to accept the Medal of Honor posthumously awarded to a World War I hero from Albany.

The White House announced on May 14 that President Barack Obama would award the nation’s highest military honor for bravery to Henry Johnson for his front-line heroics while serving in an all-black infantry unit in France in 1918. Johnson’s regiment was a New York National Guard unit called up to serve in the U.S. Army.

The former Albany train station porter has no known living relatives, so Command Sgt. Maj. Louis Wilson will accept the medal on Johnson’s behalf at Tuesday’s White House ceremony.

Wilson is just the second black man to hold the top enlisted rank in the New York National Guard.


This story’s short headline has been corrected to say the honor is for WWI hero, not WWII.



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