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Black Soldier, White Army: The 24th Infantry Regiment in Korea
Hardcover (no d.j.)
William T. Bowers, William M. Hammond, & George L. MacGarrigle. Tells the story of the all-black 24th Infantry Regiment (IR) in Korea. In late Sept. 1950, two months after the beginning of the Korean War, the commander of the 25th IR, requested that the 8th Army disband the 24th IR because it had shown itself “untrustworthy & incapable of carrying out missions expected of an IR.”. Critics of the racially segregated IR have charged that the 24th was a dismal failure in combat. The veterans of the org. responded that the unit did far better than its antagonists would concede & that its main problem was the racial prejudice endemic to the Army of that day. Historians cited the lack of training & preparation afflicting all of the U.S. Army units entering combat during the early weeks of the Korean War. Charts, tables & maps.
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