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Re: AAC Training @ Moton & Tuskegee Air Fields (19
In Response To: AAC Training @ Moton & Tuskegee Air Fields (1942) ()
Thanks so very much for your two postings about the wonderful "MUST SEE" film "Fly Boys" and your memories of the people who were directly involved with the Tuskegee Army Flying School.
Please, no apologies for your remembrances. It's important that you write about the people that you knew. I'm sure that someone will benefit from your personal history. Surely your words and Bennie McRae's website "Lest We Forget" reinforces the truth about African Americans and their military service. In the face of discrimination and injustice, American Blacks were and continue to be very patriotic and loyal to our country. After all, our ancestors enslaved and free have helped to shape the Americas for more than five centuries.
Those who only focus on military injustice against African Americans have sorely missed the point.
The world needs to remember the contributions of The Tuskegee Army Flying School, its Airmen.
"Twenty-two Black combat units participated in the operations of the American Expeditionary Forces against the Wehrmacht. They were: The 333rd, 349th, 350th, 351st, 578th, 686th, 777th, 969th, 999th Field Artillery Battalions; 453nd Antiaircraft Artillery Battalion; 761st and 784th Tank Battalions; 614th and 827th Tank Destroyer Battalions; 183rd, 184th, 1695th, 1696th, 1697th, 1698th, 1699th, and 1700th Engineer Combat Battalions.
The 320th Barrage Balloon Battalion was the only Black combat unit to take part in the initial landing on the Normandy coast June 6, 1944. Classified as an antiaircraft organization, it was the only American unit of its type in Europe." McRae "Lest We Forget"
The 369th Harlem Hellfighters black regiments in WWI fought and died at Meuse Argonne and Champagne, and the 370th "Eighth Illinois", at Oise-Aisne Canal helped to change the tide of the War.
Please excuse my not mentioning all the units who fought in both wars. A more comprehensive list and history of the soldiers in both wars please click on the link below for WWI and the main link for WWII.
When discussing the heroism of Blacks in the military, I always like to quote decorated hero, the late Leonard "Smitty" Smith of the 761st.
"We didn't play."
K Wyer Lane
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