1. DenzBenz

    DenzBenz New Member

    It is important that we remember the African Americans who fought and died for America during its many wars. Few people know that the man credited to be the first one to die in the Revolutionary War was a Black man, by the name of Chrispus Attucks. During the War of 1812, Black soldiers helped defeat the British in New Orleans.

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    By the end of the Civil War, 10% of the union forces were Black. The 54th regiment, which was an all Black fighting unit, was immortalized in the movie "Glory," fought a number of important battles, eventually losing more than half of their troops. Two of Frederick Douglass's sons also fought in the Civil War and Harriet Tubman severed as a scout for the 2nd South Carolina Volunteers.

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    In World War II, Black soldiers had an increased presence. The NAACP pushed for the War Department to form the all-black 99th Pursuit Squadron of the U.S. Army Air Corps, otherwise known as the Tuskegee Airmen. The Tuskegee airmen were the only U.S. unit to sink a German destroyer. Like the 54th Regiment, the Tuskegee Airmen were immortalized in a movie of the same name.

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    The Marines first opened themselves to Black volunteers in 1942. To the dismay of the Marines only 63 African Americans joined. Black officer, Lieutenant Colonel Campbell C. Johnson, decided that he would actively recruit Black Marines. Due to his efforts African Americans began joining the Marines at a rate of more than 1,000 a month in 1943.

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    Many Black soldiers both volunteered and were drafted to fight in the Vietnam war. Colin Powell joined the ROTC at City College and would go on to be a Captain in Vietnam, later becoming a major. Powell would go on to be National Security Advisor (1987–1989), Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Army Forces Command (1989) and as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1989–1993) and eventually as Secretary of State for George W. Bush in 2001.

    Another Black Vietnam veteran who would go on to success was Col. Charles F. Bolden. After graduating from the United States Naval Academy in 1968, he became a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps, flying over 100 sorties in Vietnam. Bolden's flying skills made him an ideal candidate for NASA, which he joined as an astronaut in 1981. After a long and impressive career as an astronaut, President Barack Obama name Bolden the head of NASA.

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  2. DenzBenz

    DenzBenz New Member

    Black Union Soldiers from the Civil War

    African-American soldiers serving in the Union Army during the American Civil War from 1861-1865.

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  3. pettyofficerj

    pettyofficerj New Member

    Two Words

    Colin Powell

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    There are other Black Generals, active and retired like him, but I think he's one of the most symbolic ones. He was a black leader in Vietnam, and I can only imagine the type of shit he went through to maintain his status and excel in the white man's army.
     
  4. DenzBenz

    DenzBenz New Member

    African-American Soldiers in the Union Army

    Rare vintage photos of Black Union soldiers from 1800's.

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  5. pettyofficerj

    pettyofficerj New Member

    not that we need proof that we fought in the war (watch Glory), but it's pretty surreal to see real aged photos of our people from that era.
     
  6. DenzBenz

    DenzBenz New Member

    10th Cavalry Buffalo Soldiers at St. Mary's, Montana in 1894

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  7. pettyofficerj

    pettyofficerj New Member

    these would make good photos for a research paper concerning African-Americans and the early military.
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  8. Inner Beauty

    Inner Beauty New Member

    What a great peaceful thread....
     
  9. pettyofficerj

    pettyofficerj New Member

    girly, pacifist off-topic comments like this one is what causes threads to go apeshit in the first place

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    kudos Denz for creating a worthy thread for once
     
  10. DenzBenz

    DenzBenz New Member

    Black WWI Soldiers from 1914 to 1918

    African-American soldiers who served in World War I.

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  11. pettyofficerj

    pettyofficerj New Member

    ww1...there's a new one

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  12. DenzBenz

    DenzBenz New Member

    More Black American Soldiers from Word War I

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  13. swirlman07

    swirlman07 New Member

    The Wereth Eleven

    We can't forget the heroes of WWII and the valor of the 333th Artillery Battalion. Their story was chronicled in a recent special on the National Geographic channel. Here's a teaser about the special. You should watch for it, and catch it if you can. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YULUUoc-fI
     
  14. RRoyce55

    RRoyce55 New Member

    good thread:smt038
     
  15. flaminghetero

    flaminghetero Well-Known Member

    Don't forget to mention how many of them were lynched in their uniforms once they returned "home".
     
  16. DenzBenz

    DenzBenz New Member

    Three WWI Black American Soldiers from the 1910's

    Word War I heroes wearing medals on their military jackets.

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  17. pettyofficerj

    pettyofficerj New Member

    the two on the right are wearing Distinguished Service Crosses, while the one on the left has a DSC and another medal.

    There's only 1 black medal of honor recipient from ww1.

    "Freddie Stowers was the only African American to receive the Medal of Honor for actions in World War I.[2] Stowers had led an assault on German trenches, continuing to lead and encourage his men even after being twice wounded. Stowers died of his wounds, and was shortly afterwards recommended for the Medal of Honor; however, this recommendation was never processed. In 1990, the Department of the Army conducted a review and the Stowers recommendation was uncovered. An investigation was launched, and based on results of the investigation the award of the Medal of Honor was approved. Stowers' Medal of Honor was presented on April 24, 1991—seventy-three years after he was killed-in-action.


    check out this bullshit tho....he didn't get the award officially under '91
     
  18. DenzBenz

    DenzBenz New Member

    More WWI Black American Soldiers from the 1910's

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