Episode 8 – Jackie Robinson Court Martial

Lt Jackie Robinson at Fort Riley, Kansas

Lt Jackie Robinson at Fort Riley, Kansas

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Eleven years before Rosa Parks made her stand on a Montgomery bus, Lt Jackie Robinson refused to give up his seat on a bus in Texas.  Robinson’s pointed response to racism challenged the status quo and forced the U.S. Army to address this contentious issue.  In Episode 8 I explore the court martial of Jackie Robinson.

 

Episode 7 – 761st Tank Battalion (Patton’s Panthers) Pt. 1

761st Tank Battalion patch

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During World War II, the 761st Tank Battalion tore through Europe in pursuit of the German Army.  The unit was distinguished and praised by leaders like Gen George Patton and General Leslie McNair.  In 1978 the 761st received a Presidential Unit Citation Award and one member, SSgt Ruben Rivers, received the Congressional Medal of Honor (posthumously).