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Bladensburg Cross Memorial Case Is Supreme Court’s Best Chance To Redeem A Key First Amendment Provision

February 18, 2019

Captain Henry Lewis Hulbert received the Medal of Honor “for extraordinary heroism” for his bravery in Guam in the 1800s. He also received the Navy Cross and the Croix de Guerre with palm — the latter a French military decoration — during his service in World War I.

John Henry Seaburn left at age 16 to join an all-black World War I regiment fighting in conjunction with the French military. Seaburn wanted to support his mother and escape his abusive father.

Maurice Snyder studied business in Washington before deploying to fight in World War I. He was fatally wounded in combat. “Cpl. Snyder fought gallantly and bravely stood by his post, at which place he rendered the supreme sacrifice,” wrote his commander, Capt. Philip C. McIntyre.

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