After 50 years, black GI awaits Medal of Honor finally awarded him and fallen WWII comrades

October 1996
Jet;10/28/96, Vol. 90 Issue 24, p24
Deals with the honoring of Afro-American World War II soldier Vernon Baker with the United States Medal of Honor in 1996. His fifty year wait for the award of the nation's highest honor; The prejudice against Afro-Americans soldiers and the refusal to recognize them with medals; Details of the story.


Related Articles

  • Obama to award Medals of Honor after Pentagon review of racial, religious bias.  // Hill;2/24/2014, Vol. 21 Issue 22, p14 

    The article reports that the U.S. President Barack Obama will be awarding the Medal of Honor to 24 U.S. Army veterans that include 19 Jewish, Hispanic and African-American veterans who were previously overlooked due to their ethnicity.

  • GALLANTRY IN ACTION.  // American Heritage;Summer2010, Vol. 60 Issue 2, Special section pPA 7 

    The article presents information on some of the African American soldiers who earned the Congressional Medal of Honor for their participation in the U.S. Civil War including William H. Carney, Alexander Kelly, Thomas Hawkins, Andrew Jackson Smith and John H. Lawson.

  • Remarks on Presenting the Medal of Honor. Clinton, William J. // Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents;1/22/2001, Vol. 37 Issue 3, p129 

    Presents the text of a message given by United States President Bill Clinton on January 16, 2001, which deals with the presentation of the Medal of Honor to African-American soldiers who served in the 1864 Civil War.

  • THE SHOOTOUT AT CHAFFIN'S FARM. BENNETT JR., LERONE // Ebony;Oct1975, Vol. 30 Issue 12, p32 

    The article presents the story of the Battle of Chaffin's Farm in Fort Harrison, Virginia. It states that the Chaffin's Farm that produces grain and vegetables before had been transformed due to the civil war in the state. Moreover, it mentions the 13 African American soldiers who were given...

  • Army Sec. McHugh Will Review Sgt. Henry Lincoln Johnson's Medal of Honor Bid.  // Skanner (Seattle, WA & Portland, OR Combined Edition);2011, p1 

    The article reports on the request of the U.S. Senator Charles Schumer to Army Secretary John McHugh for the recommendation of the Medal of Honor, the highest military award in the U.S., for the World War I (WWI) hero Sergeant Henry Lincoln Johnson. It presents the content of Schumer's letter...

  • Buffalo soldiers honored. Lewter, Lani Russell // New York Amsterdam News;12/03/98, Vol. 89 Issue 49, p8 

    Reports that First Sergeant Augustus Walley was honored for his role in the Spanish-American War. Walley as a Buffalo Soldier; Role of the Buffalo Soldiers, Afro-American troops, in expanding the West; Walley's nomination for a second Medal of Honor.

  • AWARD OF THE MEDAL OF HONOR TO ANDREW JACKSON SMITH.  // North & South: The Official Magazine of the Civil War Society;Feb2010, Vol. 12 Issue 1, p41 

    The article examines the presentation of the U.S. Medal of Honor to Andrew Jackson, Smith, an African American U.S. soldier in the Civil War. The initial application for Smith's medal was made in 1917 and rejected. After an extensive campaign by Smith's descendants, the denial of the medal was...

  • William H. Carney's grit at Fort Wagner earned him the distinction of being the first black soldier to receive the Medal of Honor. Hammond, Thomas M. // America's Civil War;Mar2007, Vol. 20 Issue 1, p69 

    The article focuses on African American soldier William H. Carney who was a member of the U.S. Colored Troops in the American Civil War and discusses the bravery he portrayed in the Battle of Fort Wagner on July 18, 1863. Carney was promoted to the rank of sergeant because of the bravery he...

  • GREGORY "PAPPY" BOYINGTON.  // Pacific Northwesterner;Oct2013, Vol. 57 Issue 2, p25 

    A biography of Gregory Boyington, a recipient of the U.S. Medal of Honor who served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve during World War II, is presented. He was born on December 4, 1912 in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho and earned a degree in aeronautical engineering from the University of Washington, where...

  • VERNON JOSEPH BAKER.  // Pacific Northwesterner;Oct2013, Vol. 57 Issue 2, p23 

    A biography of Vernon Joseph Baker, a recipient of the U.S. Medal of Honor who served as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army during World War II, is presented. He was born in 1919 in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1941 and served with distinction in Viareggio, Italy. He was...


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics