New York Army National Guard Sgt. William Henry Johnson, circa 1919. New York National Guard hide caption toggle caption New York National Guard History The U.S. Army renames a base in honor of Sgt. William Henry Johnson, a Black WWI hero June 14, 2023 Louisiana's Fort Polk became Fort Johnson, the latest Army base to replace its Confederate name. It now honors a soldier who earned a Medal of Honor a century after the night that made him a hero.