SGT William Harvey Carney, African American soldier; the NFL & it's players & the NBA & all these twisted leaches, these overpaid 'terrible' role models, should read about Harvey Carney, & the flag!

by Paul Alexander

Before turning over the colors to another survivor of the 54th, Carney modestly said, "Boys, I only did my duty; the old flag never touched the ground!"

This sharing is about the flag and anthem.

Eff you & taking a knee, find another way to raise the issue and yes, there are many wrongs that must be righted and yes, the US is imperfect but you stand for the flag and anthem, and you don’t like it, get to phuck out of the USA, leave, go worship other nations’ flags and their way of life…go…we have lots to fix and many ills, and the aim is to get there, and I wish like you it was perfect, but it is not, but until we get there, let us respect all and the institutions etc. that have gotten us here.

Respect those who stormed the beaches for those they will have never seen, yet gave their lives unquestioning. We do not have people alive today who would do same. So people like me understand we are here due to them. And they laid their lives down for me and never even knew me. And many were 18. And younger.

but if you are here, and you leach and pimp off of people, young people, paying you to run around and bounce a ball, or throw a ball, when credible people who actually create things and invent things and work hard like our front line peoples, help make the world a better place are relegated and not recognized, are not paid properly, if this society affords you this overpaid insanity and are that misguided, for doing nothing, this is what a free society means, but then at the very least, you eff in stand for the flag and anthem. Get to phuck off your knees and show damn respect! Yes, we have to discuss and fix wrongs, yes! But don’t disparage our police who protect your ass when you sleep at night. All of us. Stand for those who died for the chance for you to run around and scratch your nuts and bounce a ball. I admire that freedom you have and I have. I AM THANKFUL FOR IT.

‘William Harvey Carney was born on 29 February 1840 in Norfolk, VA. He was an African American soldier during the American Civil War who received the U.S. military's highest award for valor, the Medal of Honor, for his actions during the Battle of Fort Wagner.

Although his actions at Fort Wagner preceded those of any other black recipient, he was not presented with the honor until nearly 37 years later. He was the 21st African-American to be awarded the Medal, the first recipient having been Robert Blake, in 1864.

Carney was born simply as "William," a slave in Norfolk, VA, but, like his father, escaped to Massachusetts through the Underground Railroad. They later purchased the rest of the family out of slavery. Once William escaped from slavery and joined the Massachusetts Regiment, he met a white man named William Carney. The white William Carney was from New Jersey and served for the Cumberland Greys in the Civil War. Both the white and black Williams met, and the white William gave the black William his last name so he could serve in the 54th.

Carney served with the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry as a Sergeant and took part in the 18 July 1863 assault on Fort Wagner in Charleston, SC. He received the Medal for saving the American flag, planting it on the parapet, and then, although wounded, holding it while the troops charged. But recognizing the Federal troops had to retreat under fire, Carney struggled back across the battlefield, and although wounded twice more, returned the flag to the Union lines. Before turning over the colors to another survivor of the 54th, Carney modestly said, "Boys, I only did my duty; the old flag never touched the ground!"

Many Civil War medals were awarded for protecting and displaying the flag under fire, or for capturing enemy flags. Carney was awarded the Medal of Honor on 23 May 1900. More than half such awards from the Civil War were presented 20 or more years after the fact. In later life, Carney was a postal employee and popular speaker at patriotic events.

Medal of Honor Citation:

Sergeant, Company C, 54th Massachusetts Colored Infantry. Place and date: At Fort Wagner, S.C., July 18, 1863. Entered service at: New Bedford, MA. Birth: Norfolk, VA. Date of issue: May 23, 1900.

"When the color sergeant was shot down, this soldier grasped the flag, led the way to the parapet, and planted the colors thereon. When the troops fell back he brought off the flag, under a fierce fire in which he was twice severely wounded."

SOURCE: Military Hall of Honor