African-American Gold Star Members – News – Leesville Daily Leader – Leesville, LA

As you probably know, February is African-American history month and 2018 is the 100th year anniversary of World War I. Much is being written about the important sacrifices African-Americans made in the Great War, the war to end all wars.

If you read Fort Polk’s weekly paper “Guardian” dated Feb. 9, 2018. On pages 13 and 14, Col. Richard Goldenberg of the New York National Guard wrote an article titled “African-American Troops Fought to Fight in World War I”. The article points out the difficulties African-Americans faced when fighting the enemy and their own government.

The first injustice was the higher probability of serving in Europe as an African-American. Of America’s World War I 4,743,826 troops, 4,363,826 were white and…

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