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Re: A Closer Look: Tuskegee Airmen's Record

Re: A Closer Look: Tuskegee Airmen's Record

My response is to Ed and Ms.Spencer-Lewis:

Hello to you both. I stopped writing my letter to my ancestor to comment on these two postings.

Hello Ed and Thanks for your response:

Yes indeed, the Montford Point Marines in WW II and today are left out of "top of mind" memory of both Blacks and Whites. But not the AfriGeneas family. The AfriGeneas Military Forum and its archives are an incredible resource for researchers interested in the valour and bravery of the black military.

I’ve met a few of the Veteran’s Montford Point Marines at their office in downtown NYC. The late and great Michael J. Handy, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Veterans’ Affairs introduced me to a few of its members. The Montford Point veterans have never lost any of their dignity and professionalism and of course their fierce dedication in defense of America. And by the way, in WW II, They Didn’t Play!

You’ll notice in this string that Black Military Scholar, Bennie McRae was this forum’s manager. You can find his research at his “Lest We Forget” website:

Black Military in WWII:


The history of the MONTFORD POINT MARINES can be found at these sites:

Collaboration with the Department of the Navy, Office of Naval Research, through a grant with South Carolina State University and developed by the University of North Carolina Wilmington, working in close cooperation with the Montford Point Marines Museum at Camp Johnson on Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, N.C.

Montford Point Marines’ Website:

Dear Ms.Spencer-Lewis:

Thank you for your interest in the glorious history of the Tuskegee Airmen. Ed wrote about the Montford Point Marines to underline the historic fact that the black military in WWII included ALL branches of the Service.

I can imagine that you like many foreign nations are puzzled by the dedication and loyalty of American Blacks in defense of their/our country. And why not? It is OUR country. Africans and their descendants have been in the Americas for 600 years.

The pages of document not only our presence, but resonate our influence in shaping the Americas. Its family of researchers continues to add documented history upon history of a people enslaved and free. Our ancestors’ histories tell us “How I Got Over.”

America’s black military history echoes the same spirit. In spite of discrimination and racial barriers, they fought to keep us and the world free from death and tyranny. You’ll find an important theme throughout the AfriGeneas Military Forum and others. Posters mention a strong concern for massaging history and mistakes in documenting our history. Their collective concern is for the naysayers who dismiss our history, and gleefully point to these deliberate or sloppy documentation to leverage their racist agenda.

I have a personal concern for the memory of the Tuskegee Airmen. My father’s childhood friend was General Daniel “Chappie” James. He was an important role model in my life. My father was overcome with grief when he died.

His story, and the Airmen connect to a greater history of the Tuskegee Military. For an all-inclusive story of the Tuskegee Airmen, please click on Bennie McRae’s website below.

Black veterans of WWII were delighted when the Tuskegee Airmen were invited to President Barak Obama’s inauguration. Many may have been disappointed that their unit or branch was overlooked. I’m not a veteran, but the Publicist for the NY and Long Island Chapter of the Veterans of the 761st Tank Battalion. I was very, very disappointed. I do hope that the Veterans’ Affairs of this new administration reaches out to all veterans’ branches of the African-American military. If not, I will surely let the President’s Veterans Affairs Office remember their bravery and love for our country.

Bill McBurney and Preston McNeil we salute you. Remembering Leonard “Smitty” Smith…Flying Home to God’s Heart.

Kathleen Wyer Lane
The Long Island/New York Chapter
The 761st Tank Battalion

“History never lies…only the people who interpret it.”

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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