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Re: WWII Black Engineers 183rd
In Response To: WWII Black Engineers ()

Hello and thank you for the information about Black Engineers.

There were also black engineers in the European Theater during WW ll. One of the most famous was the 183rd Combat Engineers. In an article from the Univ of South Carolina it mentions the 183rd along with the legendary 761st Tank Battalion:

"Two of the most famous African-American units in the war, the 183rd Combat Engineers and the 761st Tank Battalion, almost certainly had some members with South Carolina roots. These units are credited with rescuing the 101st Airborne when they were trapped in Bastogne France by the Nazis late in the war during the Battle of the Bulge. The Engineers built a bridge over a river under heavy snow and German attack. "

The Url below is from the US Holocaust Museum. It shows members of the 183rd Combat Engineers viewing the dead at Buchenwald Concentration Camp. Fifth from the right is Dr. Leon Bass. a frequent lecturer on the 183rd and a living witness to the Holocaust. The photo was taken by a fellow member of the 183rd, the late William Alexander Scott. Bill's family is the publisher of the first black Daily newspaper in the US, The Atlanta Daily World. Before his death, he also lectured as a living witness to the Holocaust.

I would be interested in knowing more about the history of the 183rd. I tried a google search but just found articles critical to a film in which the 183rd was profiled. I also tried the official military sites, but couldn't find anything. I would appreciate it if someone could direct me to a url that highlights these very brave and intelligent men.

Also click on the URL listed directly under this sentence. It features one of my favorite photos of the War, Germans surrendering to an African-American soldier. If anyone knows his name let me know. I would love to shake his hand and thank him for saving us from a future that would certainly have been hell.


K Wyer Lane
Communications Consultant
NY-Long Island Chapter
761st Tank Battalion Veterans Association

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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