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Elusive glory : African-American heroes of World War II
Bruning, John R., 1968-
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Greensboro, N.C. : Avisson Press, [2001]

Physical Description:
135 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Lieutenant Vernon Baker -- Lieutenant John R. Fox -- Private Willy F. James Jr -- Lieutenant Charlie Thomas -- Private George Watson -- Sergent Eddie Carter -- Sergent Ruben Rivers -- Colonel Ben Davis -- Captain Charles B. Hall -- Lieutenant Wendell Pruitt -- Lieutenant Wilson Eagleson -- Luke Weathers -- Second lieutenant Ed Toppins.
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D810.N4 B78 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Booklist Review

Gr. 5-8. From the Avisson Young Adult Series, this collective biography profiles the lives of some of the African Americans who served their country with distinction during World War II. The first part of the book concerns the seven men who were belatedly (in some cases, posthumously) awarded the Medal of Honor in 1997 for service in the U.S. Army. The second section features six of the famous Tuskegee airmen. Bruning leaves no doubt about the segregation and racial discrimination that existed in the armed forces during the Second World War. His dual purpose is to unmask the discrimination and to celebrate the courage and determination of individuals who rose above it. More notable for their cumulative effect rather than as records of individual accomplishment, the stories fulfill their purpose as a readable and potentially inspiring record of determined men who had jobs to do and did them despite the limitations of circumstance. To be illustrated with photographs. --Carolyn Phelan

School Library Journal Review

Gr 6-10-The premise of this slim volume is that African-American men who fought for the U.S. during World War II struggled against immense odds to overcome institutional prejudice and pave the way for a future desegregated military. Fifteen individuals who served in the ground forces or were pilots in the air corps are profiled. The best-known figure is Ben Davis, Jr., who flew scores of combat missions with the Tuskegee Red Tails. Short chapters show how each of these individuals contributed during their actual time in combat rather than covering their entire lives. Through introductions to the two sections and an epilogue, Bruning ties these stories together to emphasize a greater message. These men exemplified courage in fighting for a country that had not yet recognized them as equal members but would later honor them for their bravery and sacrifice. They were pioneers in getting the U.S. government to change the face of our fighting forces to represent Americans of all backgrounds-based on merit, not ethnicity. Black-and-white photos appear in a 15-page center insert.-Janet Woodward, Garfield High School, Seattle, WA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.