I see that Fort Polk was renamed Fort Johnson last week, to placate those who are still enraged that we fought a Civil War.
Sergeant Johnston was a World War I soldier who served in France. His wiki page is here. His regiment saw combat in the Argonne Forest and Johnson was one of the first American soldiers to be awarded the French Croix de Guerre avec Palm. He returned to the United States after the war and resumed civilian life.
Johnson was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart in 1996 and the Distinguished Service Cross in 2002. Johnson's battlefield citation reflects great courage and valor in the face of overwhelming enemy fire. His actions on the field that day reflect great credit on himself and his unit. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor in 2015.
There is no doubt that William Henry Johnson was a great American who displayed extreme valor on a foreign battlefield. He certainly deserves the thanks from a grateful nation. Perhaps the renaming of Ford Polk in his honor will tend to salve some of the wounds that seem to affect a portion of our nation.
Fort Johnson is the home of the Joint Readiness Training Center and hosts the 3rd Brigade of the 10th Mountain Division.