D-Day at 75: The Brave Black American Men

D-Day pic2Of some of the coverages and commemorations of D-Day, the World War II Allied amphibious invasion of Normandy, France, code-namedOperation Overlord that I’ve been seeing on television and hearing on the radio so far, none of it either referred to nor mentioned the participation of nearly 2,000 brave Black American troops; men of color who, seventy-five (75) years ago, also landed on [code-named] Omaha and Utah Beaches at Normandy on that fateful day of June 6, 1944.

Video: A Distant Shore: African Americans of D-Day

Fortunately, a few print magazines and websites had the courage to mention this truthful fact; choosing to neither ignore, white-wash, nor erase what is an equally important aspect of World War II history (unlike, for example, what the 1998 war film “Saving Private Ryan” – which I still liked, had shamefully done).

D-Day (definition)

I’ve watched and loved war drama television shows and theater films since childhood. As I watch such shows or films, I always look for Black U.S. military servicemen. I especially look for men who “looked like me” in TV shows and films that are based on WWI and WWII history and am quite disappointed when none are featured because I know full well that brave men of color were “over there” too!

Video: The Invisible Soldiers: Unheard Voices (Blacks in WWII documentary)

I’ve listed a few links to sites where readers can learn a bit more about Black Americans who served in World War II and about ‘D-Day‘:

– RobFather X

In Memoriam: USS COLE (DDG-67)

USS COLE (DDG-67) attacked October 12, 2000It was fifteen years ago today – on October 12, 2000, some eleven months before the tragedy of September 11, 2001, that the U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer warship, USS COLE (DDG-67) was attacked by Al-Qaeda forces which bombed her while she was refueling in Aden, Yemen. Seventeen of her crew would be killed and 39 more would be seriously injured in what was the deadliest attack against a United States naval vessel since the USS STARK (FFG-31) incident in 1987.USS COLE (DDG-67) attacked October 12, 2000 (3)USS COLE (DDG-67) deceased crewAs a Navy veteran, as a patriot and as an American, I remember the brave men and women of the USS Cole’s crew. I make this post in honor of those who served aboard her – with special honor and memory to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice while in service to country.

Continue to rest in peace, shipmates.

– G E ‘Rob’ Robinson, Sr., USN (Ret)

Story link: Navy Times http://www.navytimes.com/story/military/2015/10/11/cole-peterschmidt-parlier-carlson-2000-terror-attack/73607718/

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