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Black History Month: WWII vets recall serving in segregated Army

Jennifer Sprouse, NET News Service • Feb 19, 2013 at 6:46 AM

Allen Harris and Hugh Collie can remember detail by detail their time in the service during World War II.

They remember basic training, they remember the equipment they used and they remember serving in a segregated Army.

Harris served as a mess sergeant in the South Pacific Theater and talked of the deep pits Japanese soldiers would dig with large stakes placed in the ground, as well as Navy gunners who would relay information to Army personnel on land.

He said later on when he was stationed in Charleston, S.C., he remembers then-Col. Benjamin O. Davis coming to the base to determine whether white servicemen and black servicemen should be integrated.

Read more at the Johnson City Press.

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