African American Voices from Iwo Jima: Personal Accounts of the Battle

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Nearly 900 African Americans fought in the Battle of Iwo Jima, but accounts of their service have gone largely unrecorded. This book seeks to correct that omission for the sake of the brave Americans who served and for the sake of a more inclusive American history. Eleven veterans contribute their memories and experiences, starting with their youth in the Depression, their enlistment, the battle itself, and their experience of returning to a nation that continued to treat them as second-class citizens. Appendices...

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Overview

Nearly 900 African Americans fought in the Battle of Iwo Jima, but accounts of their service have gone largely unrecorded. This book seeks to correct that omission for the sake of the brave Americans who served and for the sake of a more inclusive American history. Eleven veterans contribute their memories and experiences, starting with their youth in the Depression, their enlistment, the battle itself, and their experience of returning to a nation that continued to treat them as second-class citizens. Appendices include a history of the Montford Point Marines, a history of the Army's 476th Amphibian Truck Company, a chronology of the Battle of Iwo Jima and a task organization chart for the participating U.S. forces.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786441587
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/7/2010
  • Series: History/Military/World War II
  • Pages: 260
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Retired Marine Lieutenant Colonel Clarence E. Willie is a former school district superintendent and now a consultant and grants evaluator.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Foreword Lieutenant General Frank E. Petersen Petersen, Lieutenant General Frank E. 1

Foreword Major General John R. Piatak Piatak, Major General John R. 3

Preface 5

Introduction 11

Part One Living in Prewar America and Answering the Call to Duty 13

1 Eleven Men Who Would Share an Extraordinary Experience 19

2 Military Training 38

Part Two The 36-Day Battle 55

3 Assignment to Iwo Jima 57

4 Going Ashore 69

5 Taking the Island 79

Part Three Back in America 97

6 Coming Home 99

7 Life after Iwo Jima 109

8 Personal Memoirs 142

Appendix I A Chronology of African American Service during World War II 183

Appendix II Operation Detachment: The Battle for Iwo Jima 196

Appendix III Task Organization for Iwo Jima 221

Appendix IV Strategic Location of Iwo Jima to Mainland Japan 224

Appendix V 476th Amphibian Truck Company 225

Appendix VI 43rd Amphibian Truck Battalion 230

Appendix VII History of Montford Point Marines 232

Appendix VIII 8th Marine Ammunition Company Roster 235

Appendix IX 33rd Marine Depot Company Roster 238

Appendix X 36th Marine Depot Company Roster 240

Appendix XI Executive Order 8802 243

Appendix XII Executive Order 9981 245

Bibliography 247

Index 251

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