Forgotten, The Untold Story of D-Day’s Black Heroes, At Home and at War
No black servicemen received the Medal of Honor during World War II. Read this book to find out why. Forgotten tells the story of members of the 320th Barrage Balloon Battalion, a unit of African-American soldiers who landed on D-Day, 1944, manning a curtain of armed balloons meant to deter enemy aircraft.
Despite having relentless champions in the black press, and in organizations like the NAACP and Eleanor Roosevelt, black troops faced both a call to arms and injustice, discrimination, and segregation. A black chaplain observed, “The South was more vigorously engaged in fighting the Civil War than in training soldiers to resist Hitler.” But abroad, the Jim Crow army learned there was nothing “natural” about racism. English and French families welcomed them, and white women often preferred their polite and generous company. And they fought with bravery and distinction, coming home to be denied the benefits their white brothers in arms received.
Meticulous research through military records, letters, and interviews enable Linda Hervieux to tell a story both personal and political. Her respect, passion, flair and a deep commitment to history make Forgotten highly recommended.