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Sgt. Henry Lincoln Johnson: Perhaps, the most tragic hero of them all

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Unfortunately, early on in the campaign the Hellfighters really didn't have the opportunity to dole out these much-needed assbeatings, because as you can probably imagine the cracker-ass American High Command decided to give the all-black regiment every single bullshit job on the Western Front.  They unloaded cargo vessels, dug ditches and did all sorts of ing menial shit, the extent of which fell somewhere between janitorial work and dishwashing on the Badassery Scale.  Finally, after weeks of this bullcrap with no end in sight, the French Command was like, "well if you jerks won't let these guys get in there and start busting heads than we will", and decided to see if "Harlem Hellfighters" was more than just a clever name.  The 369th and Johnson were tranferred to the French Command and immediately pressed into service in the Argonne Forest.

 

Well like a week after they were transferred, Sergeant Henry Johnson and his buddy, Private Needham Roberts, were put on guard duty one night and told to keep an eye out for any Kraut bastard desperately in need of having a bullet jammed into his ocular cavity.  So Johnson and Needham were just out there minding their own business when all of a sudden an entire platoon of German Infantry (between twenty-five and thirty men) came running out of nowhere and started kicking the crap out of the two Americans.  Johnson was hit with a grenade and shot in the chest with a mothering shotgun, while Roberts was shot twice with a pistol and knocked to the floor like a sack of potatoes that had just been shot twice at close range with a ing handgun.  The Germans rushed in, gave Johnson the finger, grabbed Roberts, and hauled him off as a prisoner.

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