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John J. Johnson’s Every Night & Every Morn (Tristan Press, 201 pp., $20, paper) pays homage to the 87 African-Americans, 40 Hispanic-Americans, 32 Asian and Pacific Islanders, 22 Native American, 18 Jewish Americans, and the one woman who have been awarded the Medal of Honor since the nation’s highest military honor for valor began in 1863 during the Civil War.

Johnson, the senior associate dean of Winston-Salem State University’s School of Health Sciences and a Vietnam veteran, does an excellent job in this reader-friendly compendium.

He has an entry for each one of the minority MOH recipients containing their official citations, along with brief epilogues tracing their postwar lives. Johnson also includes a concise history of the MOH, as well as an illuminating introductory essay that details how he went about this daunting task, why he undertook it, and how the project will continue into the future as he continues to fill in many of the blanks caused by incomplete, inaccurate, and sometimes missing official records on many of the recipients, especially those from the Civil War.

John L. Johnson will take part in the Saturday afternoon book signing at the Leadership Conference. It begins at 3:00.

 

 

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