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#1 BILL THE PATCH

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Posted 23 February 2020 - 10:04 AM

I know it's rare, but im having an old timers episode. I cannot remember what the unit is. Scored this off a forum member, thanks. Posted ImagePosted Image

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Posted 23 February 2020 - 01:05 PM

Got it, nvmd

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Posted 23 February 2020 - 02:44 PM

I looked everywhere so what is it?



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Posted 23 February 2020 - 03:32 PM

Oops sorry it's the 474th AAA aw bn.

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Posted 23 February 2020 - 04:27 PM

It was an African American unit.

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Posted 23 February 2020 - 05:43 PM

Thanks for adding # to heading

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Posted 23 February 2020 - 08:28 PM

It was an African American unit.


No, it wasnt. There was a photo of a Bofors gun crew pubbed with an article about the 474th and the crew happened to be black.

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Posted 24 February 2020 - 07:34 AM

Tred- so glad that you added that information, as the designation being a "colored unit" has been one of those long-standing myths. I knew a veteran in this unit (who was white) who said that the black soldiers were added to the unit at the tail end of the war. They were basically kept separate from the rest of the unit- bunked together, ate together, even their laundry was segregated according to him.

 

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Posted 24 February 2020 - 09:26 AM

Tred- so glad that you added that information, as the designation being a "colored unit" has been one of those long-standing myths. I knew a veteran in this unit (who was white) who said that the black soldiers were added to the unit at the tail end of the war. They were basically kept separate from the rest of the unit- bunked together, ate together, even their laundry was segregated according to him.

 

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And this is exactly why the military opted to desegregate in 1947.  Maintaining separate facilities was costly and inefficient, to say nothing of disrupting unit cohesion. It actually slowed the recruitment and absorption of non-white soldiers during WWII.  Thousands of them awaited their orders to report for training while building adequate "separate" facilities were built...  many waited for months and even years while the war dragged on. 



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Posted 24 February 2020 - 11:22 AM

Gil,

 

It was a great day in the history of the US Military when President Truman desegregated the US Armed Forces. I truly believe that the changes made by the services made life better for most minority groups in the USA. Yes, there was still plenty of racism after the executive order, but I look back fondly on my time in the military and the feeling that the army was truly colorblind. I wish that other institutions had been more open to integration at the time. NASA, for example, still had segregated restrooms into the 1960's.

 

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