The Troops Salute You!

5/21/2010 No comments
The Troops are saluting you, genea-family, for all of your write ups and posts in their honor. On a personal note, I have learned so much in the way of African American History regarding the men and women who served during 1914 - 1953. And that is because each of you Bloggers took the time to write a post sharing someone’s story with us all. So, I thank you for making the 3rd Edition of the Carnival of African American Genealogy a success. The ancestors thank you. The genealogy community thanks you.

See you at the 4th Edition...Freedom-bound!

Host, 3rd Editon, CoAAG

CoAAG 3rd Edition ~ They Served With Honor ~ In Memoriam, African-Americans In The Military 1914-1953

5/19/2010 4 comment(s)
We’ve talked about it, tweeted about it, posted about it and now the Carnival is finally here! For this edition of the Carnival of African American Genealogy, {CoAAG} we are focusing on African Americans who served in the military 1914 - 1953. This is the only warning I will give you; prepare to be taken off your feet. You will feel proud, emotional, happy, dismayed and amazed all at once. We knew their contributions were many. We knew they often did not receive their due credit. We just did not anticipate the power of their stories. Alright, enough from me. Let me announce those who Served With Honor.

Carol, from Reflections From the Fence, wrote an excellent piece on Sapper Percy Fenton, who served in Canada's only all-black battalion, the 2nd Construction Battalion, based in Pictou, Nova Scotia. Read more about him in her post, entitled Sapper Percy Fenton, CoAAG 3rd Edition.

Angela Y. Walton-Raji, of My Ancestor’s Name, started the carnival off with a heartfelt tribute to her Grandfather Samuel Walton and them men of the 809th Pioneer Infantry -- “Quiet Heroes of the Brawny Arm.”

Craig Manson, of GeneaBlogie, tells us about a tragic incident that accounted for 15% of African American casualties in WWII. See Port Chicago: Tragedy and Travesty.

Dionne Ford, of Finding Josephine, told about her Great-Grandfather, Lifford Emerson Coleman, who was one of four generations in that family who served in the military. Read about him in her post; Carnival of African American Genealogy: Honoring my Great-Grandfather’s World War I Service.

Terrence A. Garnett of, tgarnett’s posterous, proudly salutes his PawPaw, Tharnar James Pipkins, who served in the Navy during WWI. They Served With Honor: Tharnar J. Pipkins (Navy and U.S. Air Force)

Renate Sanders, of Into The Light, wrote an inspiring post about her father, Retired Major Arthur Person Yarborough, who proudly served during WWII. Her post, CoAAG: Major Arthur P Yarborough - He Served With Honor chronicles his accomplishments.

Dorene Paul of Graveyard Rabbit of Sandusky Bay wrote about her family friend, Clarence W. Seavers. Not only was he a WWII Veteran, he was also the first African American clerk at the Sandusky Post Office. Read his tribute, entitled Clarence W. Seavers

Sandra Taliaferro, host of the 2nd edition of CoAAG, begins to unravel the story of her father, John Lawrence Taliaferro’s service in the Navy. See her post, CoAAG 3rd Edition, They Served with Honor: African-Americans in the Military (1914-1953) ~ John Lawrence Taliaferro, Gunner’s Mate Third Class, USNR at I Never Knew My Father.

Angela Y. Walton-Raji is back with a second post Remembering the Triple Nickle - the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion. Angela recalls her Father retelling the stories of the famed Battalion at My Ancestor’s Name.

Kathleen Brandt, of a3Genealogy posted an outstanding tribute to The Morris Brothers, specifically David Crockett Morris and his WWI contributions. See “WWI and The Morris Brothers.”

Amy Cain, of Reconnected Roots and your host for this edition of CoAAG, submitted a post entitled She Served With Honor: Major Charity Adams Earley, the first African American woman commissioned as an officer in the Women’s Army Corps.

Mavis Jones, of Conversations with my Ancestors, submitted a touching post about three of the Jones men, including her Father, who honorably served during wartime. Read more on The Jones Men Who Served.

Vicky Daviss-Mitchell, of Mariah’s Zepher shared with us a post about six of her immediate relatives, The Daviss men of Navasota, Texas. What an awesome family legacy!

Felicia Mathis, of Our Family as a Whole: Mathis/Mathews-Smith & Beyond shares the story of her Grandfather, Robert L. Smith and his service in WWII, to include his final military pay record! Here is the link to her post; Carnival of African American Genealogy: He Served with Honor.

Kathleen Brandt, of a3Genealogy followed up with a second post entitled The Kansas Colored Troops. Included is an amazing photo roster of “Company D” as well as Corporal George Strader.

Luckie Daniels, of Our Georgia Roots, and Project Manager for the CoAAG closes out the Carnival with a personal interview with Mr. LeRoy E. Eley, Sr., one of the Original Tuskegee Airmen! They Served With Honor: Tuskegee Airman LeRoy Eley Sr. Offers Lessons For A Lifetime!

Call For Submissions


CoAAG 4th Edition: FreedomTweet 2010 ~ What Does FREEDOM Mean to You?

Host: Luckie Daniels

In 140 characters or less, tell us what FREEDOM means to you!

As we join the nation in celebrating historic Juneteenth, the Carnival of African-American Genealogy 4th Edition: FreedomTweet 2010 ~ What Does FREEDOM Mean To You? will pose that question to our community in an ALL DAY Tweet-a-Thon!

On June 19th for the 145th observance of Juneteenth, CoAAG will invite the community to tag like never before, *tweeting* their sentiments around the theme of FREEDOM!

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.

From its Galveston, Texas origin in 1865, the observance of June 19th as the African-American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond. Read more...

To learn more about CoAAG's FreedomTweet Tweet-a-Thon check the FreedomTweet Blog for updates and follow us at!

Starting today through June 12th genea-bloggers can write about the history of Juneteenth and promote other celebrations happening across the country! If you write a post about FreedomTweet and/or Juneteenth, please email us at and provide the URL!

Please spread the word about FreedomTweet 2010 with your employers, churches, schools and community organizations -- everyone is invited to join in the celebration!

This CoAAG train is on the move! Choo-choo!

Or should that be *tweet-tweet*?!:-)

I can’t believe we have come to the end of this edition. Seems like we just got started! In closing, I want to send out a heartfelt thank-you to bloggers who posted for this 3rd Edition of CoAAG. You are the reason for the success of this edition. You’ve made my job easy and allowed me to learn about some folks and events I previously knew nothing about. It was an honor to work with all of you.

As for the CoAAG Coordinator, Luckie Daniels, and the 2nd Edition host of CoAAG, Sandra Taliaferro, I wholeheartedly appreciate all of your help and guidance in hosting this edition. For those of you who don’t know I am a brand new blogger, so this was an unfamiliar task for me. I know there were a few occasions where you two wanted to “pull the plug” on the host, but as we conclude, I am so glad you didn’t. You two are both consummate professionals!

See you all at the 4th Edition!


She Served With Honor: Major Charity Adams Earley 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion (1918 - 2002)

5/7/2010 9 comment(s)
It is with great pleasure and pride that I prepare this post. Although Charity Adams Earley is not a member of my personal family tree, that won’t stop me from bragging on her accomplishments all the same.

Crowned with the honor of being the first African-American woman commissioned as an officer in the Women’s Army Corps, Major Adams hailed from Columbia, SC. Born unto a Southern Minister and a School Teacher, Adams was the eldest of four children.

Already an established school teacher, Adams enlisted in the military in 1942, optimistic and eager to make a difference in a bitter war, as an ally for a country that chose not to acknowledge her rights as a person.

By the spring of 1945, nearing the end of WWII, incoming mail for the soldiers had all but come to a standstill. With the troops in constant movement, daily casualties coupled with lots of care packages from home, the military’s mail problem was insurmountable. Thus, grew the need for the 6888th Central Postal Battalion. Adams was chosen to head up this unit. Skilled in the art of organization, Adams had her troops processing mail round the clock in 8 hour shifts, 24 hours per day.

The 6888th Central Postal Battalion, which was the Army’s only African-American unit was the only unit to serve overseas during World War II. Being Commander of this unit was a very distinguished honor, considering the limits on positions held by minorities in the military.

Adams’ career was laced with adversity and hardship. She yet prevailed. In 1989, thirteen years before her death, she penned her memories of the military, adding author to her list of accomplishments.

After gaining the rank of lieutenant colonel, Adams left the military in 1946. As a civilian, she went on to earn multiple post-secondary degrees, lived abroad, and volunteered tirelessly in many philanthropic community projects. She passed away in 2002, leaving behind a legacy of courage, tenacity and perseverance, not easily rivaled. Hats off to you, Major Charity Adams Earley. Thank you for your service. You are a true inspiration to all.

WAAC Capt. Charity Adams of Columbia, SC, who was commissioned from the first officer candidate class, and the first of her group to receive a commission, drills her company on the drill ground at the first WAAC Training Center, Fort Des Moines, Iowa.' May 1943. 111-SC-23865. Courtesy of the National Archives

3rd Edition of CoAAG...How’s the Research Going?

5/2/2010 No comments
Time waits for no one and before we know it the deadline for the 3rd Edition of the Carnival of African-American Genealogy {CoAAG} will be here. The theme this month is “They Served With Honor ~ In Memoriam, African-Americans In The Military 1914 - 1953.” If this is your first time hearing about it, take a minute to read the previous post calling for submissions.

The submissions are trickling in, but we want to help anyone who wants to contribute, but just needs a little help. Feel free to send me an email or just post here if you’re not sure what direction to go with your research. Or maybe your submission is complete. What resources did you use? Share with us what you found useful and what did not work for you. How did you start? For a few helpful hints, see “What’s New at Reconnected Roots.

The Carnival will not be the same without YOUR submission!

Happy Researching!


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