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President Obama To Award Albany Soldier Medal Of Honor

WWI hero Henry Johnson is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
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WWI hero Henry Johnson is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

After years of effort, a Capital Region military hero is getting a prestigious award.

On June 2nd, President Barack Obama will award the Medal of Honor posthumously to Albany Army Private Henry Johnson “for conspicuous gallantry during World War I.”

Johnson served as a member of Company C, 369th Infantry Regiment, 93rd Division, American Expeditionary Forces. The White House announced the news Thursday after a renewed push for the recognition by Sen. Charles Schumer and others in recent years.

While in France on night sentry duty on May 15, 1918, Private Johnson and a fellow soldier were caught up in a surprise attack by a 12-soldier German raiding party. While under intense enemy fire and despite receiving significant wounds, Johnson mounted a brave retaliation resulting in several enemy casualties. Johnson prevented his fellow soldier from being taken prisoner and engaged an enemy soldier in hand-to-hand combat. Johnson singlehandedly held back the enemy force until they retreated.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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