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Sgt. Henry Johnson, Albany’s World War I hero
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The City of Albany continues to seek nominations for the fourth Annual Henry Johnson Award for Distinguished Community Service.

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The city of Albany honored local World War I hero Sgt. Henry Johnson Wednesday.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan looks on as Tabetha Wilson address the gathering at Henry Johnson Park.
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Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan led a ceremony Wednesday honoring city World War I hero Henry Johnson.

Albany legend Henry Johnson memoralized in Washington Park.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Students from Albany High have been helping the city prepare to observe Henry Johnson Day.

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The New York State Museum, WAMC/Northeast Public Radio and Archivist Media are excited to announce the launch of a new podcast today. “A New York Minute In History” explores the story of New York State and the unique tales of New Yorkers. 

Ferris Coin Co., of Albany, N.Y., commissioned the limited run of silver coin-shaped “medals” which will be available in June and will go on pre-sale shortly.
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Today was the 100th anniversary of distinguished war veteran Henry Johnson's heroics in battle in France. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas was in Albany’s Washington Park as officials remembered the native Medal of Honor winner.

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The search is on for an Albany resident worthy of recognition for giving their time and talent to build a better city. 

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Officials in several states are calling for the removal of statues and monuments along with the renaming of buildings and streets associated with the Confederate States of America. 

A replica of Johnson's medal has been permanently affixed to the Henry Johnson Statue on Washington Park Road in Washington Park, near the corner of Madison Avenue and Willett Street.
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The City of Albany has unveiled a replica Medal of Honor on the Henry Johnson statue in Washington park and presented the first Henry Johnson Award for Distinguished Community Service.

Johnson suffered 21 wounds and rescued a fellow soldier while singlehandedly repelling an enemy raid in France in 1918.
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Albany's most famous war veteran has been remembered at city hall. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas attended the ceremony honoring Henry Johnson.


Senator Chuck Schumer wants the Sgt. Henry Johnson battalion cadets at Albany High School to be recognized as a full-fledged JROTC program.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer was in Albany Monday, urging the U.S. Army to support a full-fledged JROTC program at Albany High School.

Albany legend Henry Johnson memoralized in Washington Park.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

An exhibit posthumously honoring World War I hero Sgt. Henry Johnson, awarded of the Medal of Honor this year, opens today in the War Room of the State Capital.

New York state is also awarding Johnson the Medal of Valor, its highest honor. 

WWI hero Henry Johnson is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
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U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer wants the New York National Guard to bring the Medal of Honor posthumously awarded to World War I soldier Sgt. Henry Johnson of Albany upstate to be put on public display.

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Congressman Paul Tonko

  Denied recognition during his lifetime, Henry Johnson recently received the nation’s highest military honor.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Paul Tonko tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock about Albany’s favorite son.

Albany legend Henry Johnson memoralized in Washington Park.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

With onlookers beaming from the White House to Albany City Hall, today’s awarding of the Medal of Honor to Sgt. Henry Johnson capped a decades-long campaign.

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Ahead of a White House Medal of Honor ceremony scheduled for Tuesday, New York U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer and other state officials gathered Sunday afternoon in Albany's Washington Park to pay tribute to Sgt. Henry Johnson.

WWI hero Henry Johnson is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
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U.S. Senator Charles Schumer will lay a wreath at the Sgt. Henry Johnson Monument in Albany's Washington Park Sunday afternoon.

5/15/15 Panel

May 15, 2015

  

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Newsman Ray Graf, and essayist, author, editor and activist - Barbara Smith.

Scheduled topics include Amtrak crash inquiry; Jeb Bush on Iraq; WWI vet Henry Johnson to receive Medal of Honor; Governor Cuomo’s Job Creation Program; George Stephanopoulos’ Gifts to Clinton Foundation.

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

Congressman Paul Tonko
Congressman Paul Tonko

  An Albany hero might soon get a long-denied Medal of Honor.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Paul Tonko tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that Henry Johnson deserves the recognition.

WWI hero Henry Johnson is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
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The U.S. Senate has passed legislation that would allow the president to consider awarding a posthumous Medal of Honor to Sgt. Henry Johnson, a World War I hero from upstate New York.

Sen. Charles Schumer of New York, the bill's co-sponsor, says Friday that his measure passed unanimously Thursday. It now goes to the House for a vote. If approved, the legislation goes to the president for consideration.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel last month recommended awarding Johnson the nation's highest military decoration for bravery in combat.

WWI hero Henry Johnson is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
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New York Sen. Charles Schumer has introduced legislation to allow a black World War I soldier from Albany to receive a posthumous Medal of Honor.

The Democrat introduced a bill in the Senate Thursday that would exempt Sgt. Henry Johnson from the rules specifying that a Medal of Honor must be awarded within five years of the heroic act being recognized. A companion bill will be introduced in the House.

Schumer announced last month that Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel recommended Johnson receive the nation's highest military decoration for bravery in combat.