Also known as Black Death, Henry Johnson was an African
American hero who single-handedly beat back a German assault during World War I. Despite being stabbed, shot
and hit with grenade shrapnel totaling 21 severe injuries, he managed to 24 German soldiers and rescued a
member of his unit. He was the first American soldier to re-
ceive France's highest award for bravery, Croix De Guerre,
and in 2015, The White House also awarded him the medal of Honor in a posthumous ceremony.