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"My Buddy" Respect for the 761st
In Response To: Re: "My Buddy" ()

Dear Posters:

Most of us wouldn't be here if it weren't for the heroic contribution of black soldiers in World War II. The 761st Tank Battalion along with several other segregated military units were part of the strategic spearhead that broke through the Siegfried Line and changed the course of the war. Had they not, England and Occupied Europe would have continued lose men, women and children to the despicable Nazi's.

To the Nazi's most of the world was considered "undermenschen". This definition included Jews, homosexuals, Gypsies, Blacks and all "dark races", Poles, Russians and Slavs. For those who didn't toe the line Catholics, clergy, Communists, intellectuals, artists, musicians, scientists and journalists were added to the list as undesirables. Obviously there's a lot of people across the pond who should remember and thank the men of the 761st.

It wasn't the first time that black soldiers helped to save England and Europe. Visit the World War I cemeteries in France for example; the names on too many crosses are unmistakably African American.

My remarks are a respectful reminder that the memory of the men of the 761st Tank Battalion is sacred. My original query was about a song that is part of the 761st Memorial Service.

Please respect the memory of the 761st Tank Battalion.

K Wyer Lane

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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