Fort Polk in Louisiana Becomes Fort Johnson
About 22% of active-duty Army soldiers are African American, a rate that is about almost twice their representation in the U.S. population. However, there is not a single military base named in honor of an African American. That changes in 2023, when two Army bases will be renamed to honor three African Americans who served in the Army. One of the bases is Fort Polk in south central Louisiana; it will be renamed in honor of Sgt. William Henry Johnson, an African American who served in World War I and was awarded the Medal of Honor for his service. In all, the Department of Defense will rename nine bases named for Confederate officers in fulfillment of a Congressional mandate.
Fort Polk (the Future Fort Johnson)
Fort Polk, named for Leonidas Polk, an Episcopal bishop and Confederate general, is the largest military installation in Louisiana. The post covers almost 200,000 acres and employs approximately 15,000 soldiers as well as thousands of contractors and civilians. As a Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk provides highly realistic, stressful armed conflict training. Fort Polk is in a region with several wildlife management areas and the Sabine National Forest. Cities, including Lake Charles and Lafayette in Louisiana and Beaumont in Texas, are less than 130 miles away, while beaches on the Gulf of Mexico are about 100 miles away.
In addition to its military functions, Fort Polk is also known for the archaeological sites at the base. The Fort Polk Archaeological Collection has specimens going back to the Paleoindian Period, more than 9,000 years ago.
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