Month: September 2020

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555th Parachute Infantry Battalion: Triple Nickles


Company A, 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion, was activated at Fort Benning on December 31, 1943. Twenty-three officers and enlisted men were the first black soldiers to graduate from Jump School, long held to be one of the most difficult training centers in the Army. The 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion, was activated at Camp Mackall, North Carolina, on November 25, 1944, under the command of … Read More 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion: Triple Nickles

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First African American Cadet Brigade Command Sgt. Major of West Point: Emily Perez


Emily Perez was the first African American cadet Brigade Command Sgt. Major of West Point – The U.S. Military Academy — tough as nails in formation, she also spent her free time tutoring cadets and writing letters of encouragement to those who felt like quitting. Deployed after graduation, 2nd Lt. Perez demonstrated this same selfless service by volunteering to go on convoy in place … Read More First African American Cadet Brigade Command Sgt. Major of West Point: Emily Perez

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War Heroes In Color: Hacksaw Ridge- Desmond Thomas Doss


As a combat veteran, it’s important to me to share the stories of those who fought before me for our country. War Heroes in Color. Desmond Thomas Doss (February 7, 1919 – March 23, 2006) was a United States Army corporal who served as a combat medic with an infantry company in World War II. He was twice awarded the Bronze Star Medal for … Read More War Heroes In Color: Hacksaw Ridge- Desmond Thomas Doss

Growing up: The Junior High Bathroom


The year 1989 (7th Grade) Location: Serrano Middle School (Bathroom) In my life, there have been a handful of people who have influenced my travels. Some of these individuals directly affected the way I went about relationships, careers, and friendships. Some of these people did not understand the effect they had on me. Some of these people’s hold on me took years to shed the negative impressions. … Read More Growing up: The Junior High Bathroom

My War Journal: We’ll call it War (Chapter One)


My War Journal By David Bruce Chapter One We’ll call it War At the tender age of eight years old, my brother Danny and I sat in the pews of my father’s church playing games to keep ourselves entertained while my dad preached the hell and brimstone sermons from the pulpit. Some games we would play ranged from staring at a certain person in the church … Read More My War Journal: We’ll call it War (Chapter One)

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