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  • Sgt. Henry Johnson Posthumously Awarded Medal of Honor
    Pete Souza
    military
    merits & awards
    ceremonies
    State Floor
    East Room
    In this photograph, President Barack Obama presents CSM Louis Wilson with the posthumous Medal of Honor for Sgt. Henry Johnson in the East Room on June 2, 2015. Johnson enlisted in the United States Army on June 5, 1917, where he was assigned to an all-Black National Guard unit in Company C, 15th New York Infantry Regiment. The unit would later become the 369th Infantry Regiment. Johnson served on the western edge of the Argonne Forest in France from 1918-1919, during World War I. The 369th Infantry Regiment was brigaded with a French army colonial unit. For his gallantry, Johnson was among the first Americans awarded the French Croix de Guerre avec Palme, France's highest award for valor. In 1996, he was also posthumously awarded the Purple Heart by President Bill Clinton.
  • SSgt. Ty Carter Receives the Medal of Honor
    Pete Souza
    military
    merits & awards
    ceremonies
    State Floor
    East Room
    In this photograph by Pete Souza, SSgt. Ty M. Carter is applauded by President Barack Obama upon receiving the Medal of Honor on August 26, 2013. The ceremony took place in the East Room and honored Carter for his gallantry during the Battle of Kamdesh in Afghanistan in 2009. Carter enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1998 and served until 2002. He then enlisted in the United States Army in 2008 and left active duty in 2014.
  • SSgt. David Bellavia Receives the Medal of Honor
    Shealah Craighead
    military
    merits & awards
    ceremonies
    State Floor
    East Room
    In this photograph by Shealah Craighead, SSgt. David Bellavia receives the Medal of Honor by President Donald Trump on June 25, 2019. The ceremony took place in the East Room and honored Bellavia for his gallantry during Operation Phantom Fury in Fallujah, Iraq in 2004. Bellavia enlisted in the United States Army in 1999, serving through Kosovo 2003 and both Operation Iraqi Freedom campaigns. Upon leaving the Army in 2005, he cofounded the veterans advocacy group, Vets for Freedom.
  • 369th Infantry Regiment Veterans at Medal of Honor Ceremony
    Lawrence Jackson
    military
    merits & awards
    ceremonies
    State Floor
    East Room
    In this photograph, members of the 369th Infantry Regiment Veterans Association stand as Sgt. Henry Johnson is posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor in the East Room on June 2, 2015. Johnson enlisted in the United States Army on June 5, 1917, where he was assigned to an all-Black National Guard unit in Company C, 15th New York Infantry Regiment. The unit would later become the 369th Infantry Regiment. Johnson served on the western edge of the Argonne Forest in France from 1918-1919, during World War I. The 369th Infantry Regiment was brigaded with a French army colonial unit. For his gallantry, Johnson was among the first Americans awarded the French Croix de Guerre avec Palme, France's highest award for valor. In 1996, he was also posthumously awarded the Purple Heart by President Bill Clinton.
  • SSgt. Clinton Romesha Receives the Medal of Honor
    Pete Souza
    military
    merits & awards
    ceremonies
    State Floor
    East Room
    In this photograph by Pete Souza, SSgt. Clinton L. Romesha is applauded by President Barack Obama upon receiving the Medal of Honor on February 11, 2013. The ceremony took place in the East Room and honored Romesha for his gallantry during the Battle of Kamdesh in Afghanistan in 2009. Carter enlisted in the United States Army in 1999 and served until 2011.
  • CSM Bennie Adkins Receives the Medal of Honor
    Pete Souza
    military
    merits & awards
    ceremonies
    State Floor
    East Room
    In this photograph by Pete Souza, CSM Bennie G. Adkins is applauded by President Barack Obama upon receiving the Medal of Honor on September 15, 2014. The ceremony took place in the East Room and honored Adkins for his gallantry during the Vietnam War and 38 hours of close-combat fighting from March 9-12, 1966 at Camp A Shau. Adkins served three nonconsecutive tours of duty during the Vietnam War. His Distinguished Service Cross, awarded in 1967, was upgraded to the Medal of Honor in 2014 following a review by the United States Army. Adkins passed away on April 17, 2020 due to complications from COVID-19.