Who was the first African American U.S. Medal of Honor recipient?

Who was the first African American U.S. Medal of Honor recipient?

Monday, September 11, 2017

5:46 PM

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Who was the first African American U.S. Medal of Honor recipient?

· Lt. Jules Leotard

· Sgt. William Carney

· Pvt. John McDonald

· Sgt. Jefferson Long

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· Lt. Jules Leotard 9.62%

· Sgt. William Carney 41.0% – Answer

Sgt. William H. Carney’s infantry unit engaged in the fierce Battle of Fort Wagner. Though shot, when he observed the unit’s color bearer go down, Carney retrieved the fallen flag and continued the charge. He suffered multiple gunshot wounds during the charge but continued. He kept the colors flying despite his injuries. When he delivered the flag back to his regiment, he proclaimed, "The Old Flag never touched the ground!" Source: Army.mil

· Pvt. John McDonald 26.5%

· Sgt. Jefferson Long 22.8%