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Design (With Line Art) the Obverse and Reverse of Commemorative silver Coin-shaped medallion in Recognition of the 100th Anniversary of Sgt. Henry Johnson’s Act of Valor in World War I

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Important Dates

Applications Open: March 15, 2018

Application Deadline: April 17, 2018*

Winner Notified: april 2018

* Electronic submissions accepted until 11:59 p.m. If mailing, physical submissions must arrive by 5 p.m. at Ferris Coin, 199 Wolf Road, Albany NY 12205. Hand deliveries OK.

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 Sgt. Henry Johnson circa 1919, wearing his Croix de Guerre. (Photo Courtesy of Johnson family  source: army.mil  )

Sgt. Henry Johnson circa 1919, wearing his Croix de Guerre. (Photo Courtesy of Johnson family source: army.mil )

 Sgt. Henry Johnson of the 369th Infantry Regiment was awarded the French Croix de Guerre for bravery during an outnumbered battle with German soldiers, Feb. 12, 1919. (Photo: Public Domain   source: army.mil  )

Sgt. Henry Johnson of the 369th Infantry Regiment was awarded the French Croix de Guerre for bravery during an outnumbered battle with German soldiers, Feb. 12, 1919. (Photo: Public Domain  source: army.mil )

 Sgt. Henry Johnson statue bust. Arbor Hill neighborhood, Albany, NY.  Note: Johnson's regiment — the 369th Infantry Regiment, formerly known as the 15th New York National Guard Regiment, also known as the “Harlem Hellfighters”— wore the  French Adrian helmet , not the  Brodie helmet (or doughboy helmet).      

Sgt. Henry Johnson statue bust. Arbor Hill neighborhood, Albany, NY. Note: Johnson's regiment — the 369th Infantry Regiment, formerly known as the 15th New York National Guard Regiment, also known as the “Harlem Hellfighters”— wore the French Adrian helmet, not the Brodie helmet (or doughboy helmet).

 

 Sgt. Henry Johnson statue bust. Washington Park, Albany, NY.

Sgt. Henry Johnson statue bust. Washington Park, Albany, NY.

 

Sgt. Henry Johnson

On June 5, 1917, Albany resident Henry Johnson enlisted in the first African American unit in the U.S. Army to engage in combat in World War I. In May 1918 Johnson heroically fought off a German raid in hand-to-hand combat, saving the life of a fellow soldier. For his bravery, Johnson received France’s highest award for valor, becoming the first American to receive this distinction. Sgt. Johnson returned to Albany in 1919. Despite having been wounded 21 times, he received no honors from his home country. He died, destitute, in 1929, in his mid-30s. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Sgt. Henry Johnson was finally recognized by the United States government for his service to his country when he was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart in 1996 and the Distinguished Service Cross in 2002. In 2015 he was awarded the National Medal of Honor – the nation’s highest military honor – by President Barack Obama.

This commemorative coin-shaped medallion offers an opportunity for our nation to recognize the 100th anniversary of Sgt. Henry Johnson’s act of valor, and to honor the spirit of service to community.

$1,000 reward for whoever can craft commemorative coin of Sgt. Henry Johnson (News 6 WRGB , March 21, 2018

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