The Right to Fight: African-American Marines in World War II
Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:
- What were the initial assignments for African-Americans in the World War II US Navy?
- How many enlisted African-American Marines participate in the Okinawa campaign? How many officers?
- Where can I find pictures of Black Marines from World War II?
- Where can I find pictures from the Battle of Iwo Jima?
A narrative of the how, why and where African-Americans came to serve in the US Marines during World War II. Well illustrated but lacks either table of contents or an index. Does have a handy table of African-American Marine units on page 30 of the PDF file. The entry for each unit carries the date of activation, unit designation, date of deactivation and where deactivated. This book also provides the valuable information that the Marine Corps did not commission one single African-American officer during World War II. Stories of that era should avoid Black Marine Captains. This bit of info might also come in handy for time travel stories.