African American World War II Casualties and Decorations in the Navy, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine
A Comprehensive Record
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About the Book
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.
About the Author(s)
Glenn A. Knoblock
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: 465 photos, appendices, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2009
Table of Contents
I. The Pearl Harbor Attack of 7 December 1941 5
II. The United States Navy, 1941–1945 24
III. The Port Chicago Disaster 363
IV. The United States Coast Guard 386
V. The Merchant Marine Service 428
Book Reviews & Awards
“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”—Booklist; “comprehensive…a wealth of information…a masterpiece of research and organization”—Midwest Book Review; “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”—ARBA.