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On Memorial Day, Remember Our Most
Loyal — and Ill-Treated — Troops

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Posted By: zoidberg, 5/25/2020 7:35:22 AM

While serving as a sentry with French forces in the Argonne Forest in 1918, a black American private fought off German attackers. Unfazed by his wounds, he hurled grenades until they ran out, shot his rifle until it jammed, used his rifle as a club until it broke, and finally used a bolo knife until reinforcements arrived. The French recognized Henry Johnson’s heroism with a Croix de Guerre, while the U.S. gave him the Medal of Honor — posthumously, almost 100 years later.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Strike3 5/25/2020 8:33:15 AM (No. 421297)
Nobody was treated worse in America than Vietnam era military people. The uniform or the skin color did not matter, you were considered to be dirt. We got over it, figured out who the real trash in this country was and were proud of our service, others should get over it too. Pride in yourself is what matters.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Mizz Fixxit 5/25/2020 8:37:55 AM (No. 421308)
Eleven members of the African-American 333rd Battalion were captured at the Battle of the Bulge. They were beaten, tortured and massacred.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: seamusm 5/25/2020 9:38:47 AM (No. 421401)
A great read and true sorrow. Whatever one's skin color, we all easily forget the cost of freedom paid by our soldiers and their families. Those of us who happen to be black have sadly paid in blood AND all-too-frequently humiliation during and after our wars. MLK had it right about the necessity to judge only by the content of character.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Laotzu 5/25/2020 10:27:10 AM (No. 421449)
Sorry, this Veteran isn't drinking the koolaid this Memorial Day. As always, the Swamp Dweller wants to tell you how bad people of color had it. Of course, they never want to mention the engine behind that hate. The Republican Party was founded to end slavery. Almost half a million Northern soldiers gave their life to free the slaves. Racism has always been a one-party strategy. Name that party if you're going to address the subject. Otherwise, peddle your hate-America porn somewhere else.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Banjo Willy 5/25/2020 11:45:11 AM (No. 421525)
Great piece Rich Lowery. Thanks Lucienne.com
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Reply 6 - Posted by: or gate 5/25/2020 6:50:44 PM (No. 421877)
I spent my time in SE Asia. My Uncle Eddy was in Belgium during WW2. He was finally given an R&R after a couple years in combat. It lasted about four hours. They were called back and trucked back to the Arden where the Germans started a new offensive. After that ended they were called to the mess hall for a turkey dinner with all the trimmings. They only had some meat from K-Rations for two years. The cook welcomed them to the mess hall and warned the troops that the turkeys that they got were dated 1918. He said it was the best meal that he ever had. RIP Troops.
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