This episode looks at the politics behind the creation of the 369th Infantry Regiment. Also, I discuss the NFL protest and kneeling for the National Anthem.
The hiatus of the Black Valor podcast is over! This episode marks the beginning of a new series commemorating the 369th Infantry Regiment and 100 year anniversary of WWI. Also, I discuss some of the reasons for the long delay and why this podcast is more relevant than ever, with the current racial climate in America.
For Woman’s History Month I detail the capture of Spc Shoshana Johnson, during the 2nd Iraqi war. Spc Johnson was the first African-American woman POW.
Episode 13 provides a brief history of the 960th Quartermaster Service Company. The unit was formed in World War II and served in Scotland, France, the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany, before the end of the war.
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This podcast concludes the series on the 761st Tank Battalion, Black Panthers. I discuss some achievements of members in the battalion and fill in more of the background on these incredible WWII tankers.
Part 2 of the 761st Tank Battalion’s story is live. In this episode we discuss the Battalion’s travels and battles from Omaha Beach to Steyr, Austria.
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.
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).
This is a short episode to explain the hiatus of Black Valor. Also, I briefly cover the efforts to get Sergeant First Class Alwyn Cashe the Medal of Honor.
William Henry Singleton was born a slave in New Bern, North Carolina. He organized and drilled men for service, who became the 35th Regiment, United States Colored Troops, during the Civil War. Listen to his amazing story of determination.