ALBANY, N.Y. – Efforts to get a Medal of Honor posthumously
awarded to a World War I soldier from Albany are being bolstered by a
long-forgotten report written nearly a century ago by the commander of
U.S. forces in Europe.
Sen. Charles Schumer says his staff
uncovered a report written by Gen. John J. Pershing on May 20, 1918,
five days after Sgt. Henry Johnson fought off a German raiding party
while rescuing a wounded comrade.
New York officials have been trying for decades to convince the
Pentagon to award the Medal of Honor to Johnson, who died in 1929. In
2003, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the nation’s
second-highest military honor.