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Member # 38694
|posted 5/13/2020 1:57:29 PM
I was reading some non-12th AD specific documents and I read that the platoon leaders were a white lieutenant and white sergeant, but there black sergeants, correct, can someone help me understand the organization a little better?
Im modeling the company in miniature as well as trying to gain a better understanding minorities WWII experiences.
Member # 119
From: Yardley, PA
|posted 5/18/2020 12:36:14 PM
Thank you for your interest in the Provisional Infantry Companies. In answer to your first post, no, there are no AARs for those companies. There actions are recorded in the AARs of the battalions they were assigned to and/or the Combat Commands those bns were part of.
Yes, the platoons had one white Lt and a white Platoon Sergeant each. Squad leaders and assistant squad leaders were needed of course and to the best of my knowledge they would have been assigned after observation of the men in their training before being employed in combat. I have studied this but have been unable to determine how that was done. My father was one of those Lts, but he never talked too much about the war and by the time I was knowledgeable enough to know the right questions to ask, he had died (1987).
I'm curious as to what sparked your interest. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I can share more. It might also be best to talk on the phone.
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Member # 38694
|posted 7/19/2020 2:23:05 AM
I appreciate your response.
My interest is simply to understand the roles blacks played in WWII. My minor in college was African American History so Im trying to add to my understanding.
As I said, Im also a WWII gamer and these companies dont see much representation on the table, so this is a great chance to tell their story.