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Title:
Forgotten : the untold story of D-Day's Black heroes, at home and at war
ISBN:
9780062313799
Edition:
First edition.
Physical Description:
xiii, 353 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents:
Author's note -- War brewing -- Too dumb to fight -- "This is a white man's country" -- Sentinels of the sky -- "We were like little dogs" -- Last stop, U.S.A. -- A taste of freedom -- The greatest hour -- Forgotten -- Epilogue.
Summary:
In the early hours of June 6, 1944, the 320th Barrage Balloon Battalion, a unit of African-American soldiers, landed on the beaches of France. Their orders were to man a curtain of armed balloons meant to deter enemy aircraft. One member of the 320th would be nominated for the Medal of Honor, an award he would never receive. Drawing on newly uncovered military records and dozens of original interviews with surviving members of the 320th and their families, Linda Hervieux tells the story of these heroic men charged with an extraordinary mission, whose contributions to one of the most celebrated events in modern history have been overlooked.
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