CommentsGreat article, Lloyd, One of greatest tank unit in WWII that has been kept under the radar. Is the 761st Tank BN (negro), or as they are better know as Patton's Black Panthers. They fought in Old Blood and Gut's Third Army. They helped the 4th Armored Division rescue the 101st Airborne Division during the Battle of the Bulge. I found out about the unit by reading the book Patton's Black Panther. I was amazed that a 12 1/2 year Army Vet. I had never heard about this brave unit. I've heard all about the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, made up Japanese Americans, but never the 761st.
I have had a thought that the story about this unit would make a great mini series like the Band of Brother except it would be a Black Brand of Brother I can't understand why some of Hollywood big name Black star aren't pushing it. Sure the Red Tail Devils honor the bravery of the Tuskegee Airmen, but they didn't have to face Nazi Tiger tanks face to face and look at a 88mm gun being pointed at them.
Only in series Patton 360 is the 761st even talked about. One of the most telling thing in the book happened at the end. After the 761st have been shipped back to US to their home base at Ft, Polk, LA. One of the members of the 761st was on a crowded local bus and his was setting at the front at the front of the bus. The bus driver told him he had to set where the black were required to sit. There member of 26th Inf Div on the bus. The 26th Inf had been save many times by the 761st. The soldiers from the 26th told the bus driver that black soldier from the 761st didn't could sit any where he wanted on the bus. Because he was just like them a man. I think that was very telling.
Posted by Billsocal on 06/02 at 09:01 PM | #
Only one mistake I could see. The War of Northern Aggression, otherwise known as the Civil War, was about States' Rights and the battle for supremacy between the federal government and the states.
The ending of slavery was only a by product, albeit a happy one. However, black people are certainly NOT the only peoples to have been enslaved. Many different peoples have been enslaved throughout history and are still, to this day, being enslaved.
TPTB use any and every means possible to pit different groups of peoples against each other and of-course, to anyone with half a brain cell working, it is obvious that the black people of this country are currently just one of the many different and disparate groups of people who are being misled about their heritage and their place in the scheme of things; in this country as well as in the rest of the western world.
It is very sad that so many have no idea that they are STILL enslaved, though not in the same way but certainly the same as all of the rest of us peons. To TPTB it makes not one whit of difference what color we are or who we descended from. We are ALL cannon fodder to THEM.
Keep up the good work! It is an honor to have you on the side of right.
Posted by TalkingMonkeyNOT on 05/31 at 04:34 AM | #
Lloyd, I always enjoy reading your thoughts. Again, you are right on target.
Thank you for sharing your heart.
Posted by John on 05/30 at 09:19 PM | #
Can one be truly black and patriotic?
Posted by Lloyd Marcus on May 30, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Black America, this is your country! A lot of white folks died along side blacks to give you the freedoms, opportunity and prosperity you enjoy today
Famed TV minster Bishop T. D. Jakes said when your “perception is off,” you do not realize or appreciate the true value of what you have until you have lost it. Is it fair to say that, in general, black America’s perception is off regarding their country which is, in reality, a tremendous gift from God?More...
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