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5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

One of the last Buffalo Soldiers/Korea,1950/51

I found MY AMERICAN JOURNEY by Gen., Powell, to be one of the most outstanding memoir ever written, more so because I were one of those African American soldiers that went & served before him. One of those whom backs he walked. To my comrades that gave their v...
I found MY AMERICAN JOURNEY by Gen., Powell, to be one of the most outstanding memoir ever written, more so because I were one of those African American soldiers that went & served before him. One of those whom backs he walked. To my comrades that gave their very all; I can truly say, my brothers, All were not in vain. Psychologically we Black Americans are encouraged from childhood, not to speak or write of our black heroic deeds. (Slavery &, etc.) We are encouraged not to do so by our parents, relatives and well meaning friends. The reasons,, they're fearful it'll make (some) people uneasy. So when those amongst us do it, we're accused of boasting, praising the evils of wars, or being some kind of radical. Some go as far as to say that such stories put wrong ideas in the heads of our younger generation, when in reality it leaves them with a sense of pride, and knowledge of their history. On March 27, 1950, I turned seventeen years old, and immediately set to work persuading my mother to give the consent required for me to join the military. Ten days later--April 6--I enlisted in the United States Army. In August of that year I was sent to Fort Belvoir, Virginia, for engineering training. During that training, I learned of the so-called police action taking place in Korea, and like many other adventurous young soldiers, I volunteered for combat duty there. Our worst fear was that the police action would be over by the time we arrived in Korea, I even cut short an eight-day leave to be sure I wouldn't miss anything. Such was our minds conditioned. I was shipped to Korea as a rifleman to serve in the U.S. Army's Last All Negro Unit the 24th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Battalion, G-Company, 1st Platoon, 1st Squad. (formerly known as BUFFALO-SOLDIERS) where I was to serve from Dec. 4 1950 until Sept. 1st, 1951. Quite as its been kept, we were one of the first, and most outstanding combat units in the Korean War. In my book WHAT'S A COMMIE EVER DONE TO BLACK PEOPLE? I wrote of my experiences, detailing the psychological effect of the war, on a 17-year-old kid. It also tells the story of a black man's fight in a racist United States army. A war where we black soldiers soon realized the bitter irony of our situation--supposedly fighting to protect the rights and freedom of an ethnic people, many of us had never heard of before; even as that freedom was denied us in our own country. My experience was a rude awakening to the realities, not only of life and death, but of politics. Writing this book was one of the most difficult decision of my life. But perhaps it'll serve as an inspiration to other Black-veterans, to tell their stories, our history. Reflecting back now, at age 67, and realizing the advancements we Americans, of African decent have made, I feel very proud of my participation; and privilege to share them with you, the younger generation. Perhaps, if I had known then at the ages 17, what I know now, I too might've stayed home and remained in school. But I didn't. I chose the road of adventure, The Creator spared me, perhaps to add this chapter, to the history of African-Americans in the making of this our great country; to pass it on, so that all should know, that the freedom and privilege we now enjoy, many fought and died for it. Again I'll say, every American should make MY AMERICAN JOURNEY a must read.

posted by Anonymous on March 25, 2000

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Outstanding read - Learn how leadership is developed and used.

As a young soldier and old veteran I have often wondered how the Military officers were developed and what they knew that we did not know in the field. Colin Powell was there, done that, learned and used what he had
learned to lead men, politicians, and armies.

Grea...
As a young soldier and old veteran I have often wondered how the Military officers were developed and what they knew that we did not know in the field. Colin Powell was there, done that, learned and used what he had
learned to lead men, politicians, and armies.

Great read and learning experience about how true leadership is developed and rewarded in th Military.

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