The Army has agreed to review the records of black World War I heroes following an acknowledgement by Defense Secretary Frank C. Carlucci that racial discrimination “could well have extended to individual decisions leading to the awarding of medals,” a lawmaker said today.
Rep. Joseph J. DioGuardi (R-N.Y.) made the disclosure in releasing letters from Carlucci and another Pentagon official. DioGuardi and Rep. Mickey Leland (D-Tex.) have been seeking posthumous Medals of Honor for two black servicemen: Army Sgt. Henry Johnson of Albany, N.Y., who served during World War I; and Navy Seaman Dorrie Miller of Waco, Tex., who died in World War II.