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Stories of black WWII vets headed to national archives
By Lauren Heaton
Thursday, February 10, 2005
The three World War II veterans gathered around Jim Johnsonís kitchen table last week could have talked all day about the things they saw and felt during their time in the service.
They one-upped each other with tales of giant cobras in Burma, bombs exploding like fireworks in the sky over India, trading cigarettes for clothes for Filipino children and the racial discrimination they faced from those they fought beside.
In the end, their main concern was this: When they are done telling their stories, how can they be sure that todayís children will learn about the vital role black soldiers played to help win the war?
Eight African-American veterans from Yellow Springs got a chance to set the record straight in December when they were interviewed about their wartime experiences by a group of students from Washington Senior High School in Washington Court House.
The history students of teacher Paul LaRue have been working for over a year to collect stories from WWII and Korean War veterans in the Miami Valley. Later this year the students will send transcripts of the interviews to the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.
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