Segregation in the Military
He was the only African American to ever be awarded something like that during WWI
The reason he was awarded the special award is because he led an assault through the German trenches and led his men in this specific part of the war even after being wounded twice.
Later on the next day, he did pass away from his wounds (two shootings) but his troops continued fighting and eventually, they won!!
Shortly after his death he was recognized for this award but it was somehow misplaced.
- George W. Bush had somehow brought two of his still living sisters to the White House and had given them a duplicate of the award their brother was supposed to be given.