These drivers of the 666th Quartermaster Truck Company, 82nd Airborne Division, who chalked up 20,000 miles each without an accident, since arriving in the European Theater of Operations.
National Archives Identifier: 535533 During the 50th anniversary of World War II, as we honor those Americans who undauntedly and courageously contributed to the defense of our nation, often overlooked in our remembrances are the valiant efforts of African Americans. "Three soldiers of the United States Army sit in place at a radar used by the 90th Coast Artillery in Casablanca, French Morocco." June 19, 1943. "A kitchen was set up along the beach for the...labor battalion unloading the boats. "Negro soldiers draw rations at the camp cook house at their station in Northern Ireland.
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Thus, as the war unfolded, they vehemently insisted on the privileges of full citizenship.
African Americans were ready to work and fight for their country, but at the same time they demanded an end to the discrimination against them.
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On the homefront, black Americans also did their part to support the war.
They worked in war industries and in government wartime agencies, sold war bonds, voluntarily conserved goods needed for the war, performed civil defense duties, encouraged troops by touring camps as entertainers, risked their lives on the front lines to report the war, and performed many other vital services.
The images described in this leaflet illustrate African-American participation in World War II.
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