Somewhere in England, Maj. Charity E. Adams and Capt. Abbie N. Campbell inspect the first contingent of Negro members of the Women's Army Corps assigned to overseas service.' 6888th Central Postal Directory Bn. February 15, 1945. Source: The National Archives: Holt. 111-SC-20079
To serve or not serve? The choice to enlist in the Military has been a bittersweet one for many African-Americans. On one hand, the honor and distinction of fighting for one’s country is alluring. On the other hand, not receiving the respect or full benefit as a citizen of this country is disheartening. Yet in still, many African-American Ancestors willingly accepted the call to serve in the Military. The 3rd Edition of the CoAAG is centered around African-Americans who served in any capacity in the Military from 1914 - 1953. This time frame will include the following wars:
- World War I (1914 - 1918)
- World War II (1939 - 1945)
- Korean War (1950 - 1953)
Is there an African-American veteran that you'd like to recognize? Or, maybe you had a family member who served. What memories do you have of your loved one who was in the service? What branch were they in? Were they awarded any metals or recognitions? Do you recall hearing war stories about them during family get togethers? Write a post in memoriam of your African-American Ancestor and their contribution to the Armed Forces. Some of you may have ancestors who have served during the above-mentioned times of war, but may need to do a little more research. So, here are a few suggestions on where to pick up on your research.
The National Archives
World War II U.S. Navy Armed Guard and World War II U.S. Merchant Marine
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What’s that, you say? You don’t have any African-American ancestors who served in the Military, during these times? No problem. We still want to hear from you. Why not write your post about someone you’ve run across in your research? The goal here is just to acknowledge the contribution and sacrifices made. And don’t forget to include a photo if you have one!
How to Submit
We want this to be easy for you, so there are two different ways to submit your post, once you’ve written it.
- Submit your post on the Submission form located here at the Blog Carnival.
- Send an email to the CoAAG at CoAAG2010@gmail.com. Please remember to include your blog name, the post title, and the URL Permalink of your carnival submission. Make sure to put ‘They Served With Honor’ in your email subject line!
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Can’t wait to read all about your Ancestor’s Military Service. Don’t wait until the last moment. The Deadline for Submissions is Wednesday, May 12, 2010.
Jackie Wilson (left) and Ray Robinson have fought two bitterly contested ring encounters. Now it's Sgt. Wilson and Pvt. Robinson in the same Aviation Squadron at Mitchel Field, New York, and they stand shoulder to shoulder--ready for a fight to the death on the Axis. 1943. Source: The National Archives: 208-PU-214B-5