African American World War II Casualties and Decorations in the Navy, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine: A Comprehensive Record

African American World War II Casualties and Decorations in the Navy, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine: A Comprehensive Record

by Glenn A. Knoblock
     
 

This book is an account of the 2,445 African American men who were killed or wounded or decorated during World War II in the Navy, Coast Guard, and Merchant Marine. Because of the nature of the military's racial policies, most of these men served either in the Steward's Branch or in subordinate positions. As a result, the role of these fighting men has largely been

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This book is an account of the 2,445 African American men who were killed or wounded or decorated during World War II in the Navy, Coast Guard, and Merchant Marine. Because of the nature of the military's racial policies, most of these men served either in the Steward's Branch or in subordinate positions. As a result, the role of these fighting men has largely been ignored.

This book attempts to rectify this oversight, documenting each man lost with groupings primarily by ship and by shore service, as well as separate chapters for those lost at Pearl Harbor and those who died in the explosion at Port Chicago, an incident which accounted for about 20 percent of all deaths among African American seamen during the war.

Information of a more personal nature about each man is often included, highlighted by input from surviving black veterans as well as recollections from several families whose sons, fathers, and brothers were lost in the war. Also featured are several African Americans who were decorated posthumously for acts of bravery and heroism during their service, including Navy Cross winners Dorie Miller, William Pinckney and Leonard Roy Harmon.

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Editorial Reviews

Booklist
black-and-white photos of servicemen add a substantial degree of personalization to what is already a compelling collection of individual accounts. A welcome addition for military, historical, and African American reference collections
Midwest Book Review
comprehensive...a wealth of information...a masterpiece of research and organization
ARBA
"this will be a very useful resource for individuals studying African American history during World War II and should enhance our appreciation of the service and sacrifices of these individuals"

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786434732
Publisher:
McFarland Publishing
Publication date:
07/20/2009
Pages:
592
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.80(h) x 1.50(d)

Meet the Author

Author and lecturer Glenn A. Knoblock is the author of many works of history. The top military contributor to Harvard/Oxford University Press eight volume African-American National Biography (2008), he also writes on local history. He lives in Wolfeboro Falls, New Hampshire.

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