Quote Originally Posted by L.M. View Post
761st Tank Battalion = African-American unit also known as "The Black Panthers", decades before the one in the '60s!

332nd Fighter Group = African-American fighter pilots also famously known as the "Tuskagee Airmen" (which also included the 477th Bombardment group that never fought) and "Red Tails" because they painted the tails of their P-51 Mustangs a distinctively bright red. Initially they were equipped with P-40 Warhawks, P-39 Airacobras (the junk nobody wanted) and later upgraded to P-47 Thunderbolts and the Mustangs, version C, I think. George Lucas (of Star Wars fame) made a film about them called Red Tails in 2012.

I would say also the 92nd Infantry (the "Buffalo Division") of African-Americans which fought in Italy (featured in the 2008 Spike Lee film The Miracle of St. Anna) and the 93rd Infantry of same which served in the Pacific, also had something to prove!



I did not know that. I'll have to visit their graves on Memorial Day... if we're allowed to.
The Tuskegee Airmen were exceptionally professional and highly trained fighter pilots under the strict command of Col. Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. Flying fighter escort missions from Northern Italy they became adept at protecting bombers from Luftwaffe interceptors to such an extent their red-tailed Mustangs were increasingly requested. Their gunnery was well above average and they excelled in the deflection shot pioneered in combat by George Beurling. They have the distinction of having shot down ME 262 jets over Berlin.

There are only a small handful of Navajo Code Talkers still living. One is former tribal chairman, Peter MacDonald. The National Cemetery at Santa Fe is open to the public and some of the Code Talkers are there. I attended a funeral there, a year ago May, for a close friend of mine, a Viet Nam vet.