Harlem Hellfighters: the Soldier called “Black Death”

Wars are often associated with heroes. In the first World War, there is no better fit to the word “hero” than the men of the 369th Infantry Regiment. With 191 days in the trenches, the 369th saw more time on the front line than any other American Regiment. With 1500 causalities, they also saw the greatest American loss.

Check out this video from the History Channel about one man from the 369th, Sgt. Henry Johnson, nicknamed “Black Death” who earned the Croix de Guerre for his valor on the battlefield, only to die with his military heroism unrecognized by his own government.


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