ALBANY, N.Y. - On Tuesday, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer announced a national online petition to urge all decision-makers to award the Medal of Honor to the late World War I hero, Sergeant Henry Johnson.
Schumer's grass-roots efforts are featured on the Senator's and PBS's websites to provide the extra boost necessary to honor Sgt. Johnson's legacy. Schumer says he will also unveil more evidence Tuesday he's uncovered over the past two years that Sgt. Johnson resided in Albany and fought bravely making him worthy of the Medal of Honor.
Schumer made the announcement Tuesday at the Henry Johnso statue in Albany's Washington Park.
In March 2011, Schumer revealed that they had uncovered game-changing evidence to support the posthumous award of the military's highest honor to Sgt. Johnson.
On May 15, 2012, Schumer submitted a nearly-1300 page request for reconsideration, which included a wealth of never-considered evidence containing the incontestable proof showing that Sgt. Johnson deserves this award.
Despite these discoveries, however, the case remains pending.
Schumer says New Yorkers and everyone throughout the country and world can show their support for the effort to posthumously award the Medal of Honor to Henry Johnson by signing the petition.
Medal of Honor recipients are decided by the Secretary of the Army, Secretary of Defense, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, and President of the United States.
The national petition can be found here: http://www.schumer.senate.gov/Contact/henryjohnson.cfm