Tuesday, February 07, 2006

African Americans at War: Fighting Two Battles

From the Veterans History Project Online comes this story:

African Americans at War: Fighting Two Battles

Featured Story: Willie H. Boyd
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"Once you get with a unit and you start working as a team, color never comes up." (Video interview, 29:30)

Born in Tuskegee, Alabama, home to the famed aviation school for African Americans, Willie Boyd naturally dreamed of flying as a young boy working on a farm. He volunteered for flight school and did two tours of duty in Vietnam, flying an air ambulance as the only black man in his platoon. He was shot down three times but never captured or injured badly enough to stop him from going out after more casualties of war.

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