Black Americans contributed a lot to the U.S. during World War II. We honor those who lost their lives serving our country.
Today, on the 72nd anniversary of D-Day, we remember all Black troops of the 320th Barrage Balloon Battalion, who sacrificed their lives to defeat Hitler on that fateful day in Normandy.
However, it comes as no surprise that the contributions of many African-American soldiers were excluded from the history of World War II and their stories remained neglected.
The press showed no interest in highlighting the importance of the Black contribution. The losses sustained by Black units were strikingly higher in comparison with Whites just because Black lives didn’t count.
The U.S. military was segregated by race and Black soldiers with their good deeds were seriously underrated. And it’s not about glory, it’s about respect.
Much of what was being said about the war was associated with heroic actions of Whites. Thus, Black heroes of the 320th Barrage Balloon Battalion, participating in the Normandy landings, have gone unrecognized to this day. Those, who were later nominated for the awards, never received them. Hundreds of black troops, who saved lives of their battle buddies, were denied the Medals of Honor and subsequently stayed inglorious.
Black members of one of the most celebrated events in the history were overlooked. Hopefully, today all African-Americans who fought alongside Whites during World War II will be remembered and appreciated for their courage.
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