By Maggie Morehouse
Instructed of their personal phrases, the tales of fifty women and men from segregated, black infantry divisions will switch the best way we expect approximately global warfare II.
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Whitted said he figured the army would not want a thirty-four-year-old man with asthma and all of the complications of family life, but they sent him the “Greetings” during Christmas. Whitted hoped to be assigned to one of the two black cavalry units so that he could utilize his blacksmith skills. However, neither the 9th nor the 10th Cavalry was operational by the time Whitted was drafted. ” After a short while, he was assigned as a chauffeur, driving personnel and, at times, heavy weapons. “I was in the army,” he recalled.
He quickly modified his plans for the future. At that time, I guess being young I wanted to see the world and everything. And I thought I could do that in the navy. ” I asked for the navy, but the navy had taken up more than their quota the day before. They didn't tell me that they were not putting me in the navy. ” There were about ten of us, and they told all of us the same thing. ” We thought we had made a request, but all of us went into the army. Before the outbreak of World War II, William Banks was involved in a teacher education program at Fort Valley State College in Georgia.
The evidence suggested to me that World War II was the most defining period in his life. Not his thirty-five years with me, nor his fifty-two years with my mother, nor his twenty-five years in the Civil Service, or any other time in his twenty-year military career meant as much to him. Just that time period in World War II when he was with the 93rd Infantry Division. He had newspaper clippings, personal photographs, and dog-eared articles about the “Tan Yankees” and the “All Negro Division” from Time and Life magazines.
Fighting in the Jim Crow Army: black men and women remember World War II by Maggie Morehouse