Wounded while honoring the flag, Carney was the 1st Black American awarded the Medal of Honor. Here is his story.
Shot several times while persevering the honors of the flag, Sgt Carney, became the first Black American to earn the Medal of Honor.
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William Harvey Carney
54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment
Second Battle of Fort Wagner
Meet Sgt. William Carney: The first African-American Medal of Honor recipient
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The Medal of Honor was awarded to U.S. Army Sgt. William H. Carney, Company C, 54th Massachusetts Colored Infantry Regiment, for Gallantry at Fort Wagner, S.C., July 18, 1863, issued in 1900. (Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Carl J. Cruz Collection)
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