AfriGeneas Military Research Forum
Re: WW II Soliders In Italy
In Response To: WW II Soliders In Italy ()
I saw the same program and was terribly disappointed (though not at all surprised) that NBC chose to air it at midnight EST on a Sunday, a time when most people are sleeping. Once again, the 92nd got a hand shake from one hand and a slap in the face from the other.
The media has always shown little interest in the 92nd, and continues to do so. You can rest assured that the only reason NBC aired the program on Vernon Baker was because of the proximity of the Olympics to where he fought. It's a safe bet that if some other ( to use the words of one media outlet... "more popular") unit had fought in that area of Italy, Mr. Baker and the 92nd would have been dropped by NBC like a hot rock.
We all need to begin bugging every media outlet we can contact to do a PROPER documentary on the 92nd in Italy. Those men are leaving us at an ever growing rate (one Sunday in December alone there were three 92nd men in the Washington Post's obituary section). Maybe if enough of us put the idea out there someone in the media will finally get the message and air their stories before they are all gone.
One note, the 101st Div. was an all-white Airborne division known as 'The Screaming Eagles'. Vernon Baker was in the racially segregated 92nd Infantry Division, aka 'The Buffalo Division'. As someone pointed out here previosly, "Buffalo Soldiers" were members of the 9th & 10th Cavalry regiments and the 24th & 25th Infantry regiments. None of those regiments were part of the 92nd in either World War. The media has decided that all black soldiers of the segregated Army were Buffalo Soldiers.