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America's oldest living WWII veteran

faced hostility abroad – and at home

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PHOTOGRAPH By Robert Clark

National Geographic

At age 110, Lawrence Brooks of New Orleans is the oldest known living U.S. veteran of World War II. From 1941 to 1945 he served in the Pacific with the Army’s predominantly African American 91st Engineer Battalion, as a support worker to its officers. Of the 16 million U.S. veterans who fought in World War II, only 300,000 are still alive. He credits a healthy lifestyle, deep faith and love of people for his longevity.

Sgt. 1st Class Alwyn Cashe will posthumously receive the Medal of Honor on Thursday for braving a burning vehicle to rescue fellow soldiers 16 years ago in Iraq.

Cashe died 16 years ago after saving his men from a burning vehicle in Iraq. He will become the first Black recipient of the award for actions since 9/11.

By Dan Lamothe

Dec. 15, 2021

(U.S. Army/released)

Washington Post

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PHOTOGRAPH By Staff Sgt. Erik Estrada/Marine Corps

Marine Corps Times

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Black American Force Recon Marine –

Vietnam War hero … snubbed for the Medal of Honor?

"At the end of March 1967, Marine 2nd Lt. Jim Capers stepped off on what was to be a four-day foot patrol into the jungles near Phú Lôc, Vietnam.

He snaked through that jungle terrain, sporting a recent battlefield commision as a second lieutenant, leading just nine 3rd Force Rexonnaissance Company Marines and a dog named King."

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Washington Post

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Senate confirms 1st Black 4-star general in Marine history

Michael E. Langley is the first in the U.S. Marine Corps' 246 year history.

* Has been tapped to lead the U.S. forces in Africa *

By Kendall Ross , August 02, 2022 – ABC News

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