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US ARMY'S FIRST, LAST, AND ONLY ALL-BLACK RANGERS: The 2nd Ranger Infantry Company (Airborne) in the Korean War, 1950-1951 Hardcover – June, 2009


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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Savas Beatie; First Edition edition (June 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932714456
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932714456
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,670 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Charlene Zeigler on March 3, 2011
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My father, who died in 2007, was discussed in the book. His name is James E. Freeman, Sr. (referred to as Freeman in the book). He was part of the first and only black paratrooper-rangers unit to go to Korea. I'm extremely proud of his sacrifice and his comrades sacrifices to our country. The book is well written. In the early 1990s, my husband and I took my parents to Fort Benning, GA to visit and on one of the plaques, there was detail of a particular battle in which he and his troops fought. That was the first time I saw tears in my father's eyes. He said one of his men died in his arms. The book is excellent for anyone who loves history.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Stephan on January 4, 2010
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Edward L. Posey's (US Army Master Sergeant, Ret.) non-fiction book, The US Army's First, Last, and Only All-Black Rangers, published by Savas Beatie, LLC, is far more than a detailed record of events, highlighting the pride, patriotism, and military prowess of a capable military unit of all-black soldiers in the Korean War (1950-1951). The book's even-handed discourse provides an orderly and factual account of the undeniable dedication, extraordinary military skill, and superb esprit de corps of these men, who served as a catalyst for the military establishment's understanding of its obligation to integrate all-black units into the larger force.

Although the author carefully maintained focus upon military operational issues and the soldiers' exposure to battlefield injury, pain, and loss, there was a larger social struggle underlying the Korean War experience for these undaunted warriors. Despite the lack of availability of critical support and forward observers, inconsistent provision of replacements, and less than full confidence of senior leadership at Corps, Theater, and higher levels, the personal and collective bravery of these dedicated soldiers could not be diminished.

These volunteer combatants were cognizant of the Truman Executive Order 9981 (equal treatment and opportunity for all persons in the armed service). However, they did not make an issue of the compromises made and the lack of response to their requests for needed combat reinforcements and artillery support normally provided. Senior leadership proved insensitive to the need for recognition through awards and collective encouragement of these highly dedicated, stellar, and combat-weary American soldiers.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn Black on November 11, 2009
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This unique work describes the experience of a small number of Black American paratroopers who volunteered to undergo additional hardship and fight as some of America's first "Airborne Rangers."
The 2nd Ranger Company(approximately 112 officers and men)was one of six Ranger Companies that ranged across the battlefield performing raids and ambushes,often operating behind enemy lines. The 2nd Ranger Company experience in battle was not unlike those of the other companies. It was what they had to endure just to fight for their country that was different. They served at a time when segregation existed in the United States Army,a time when because of the color of their skin,their intelligence and their courage was questioned.
With courage and sacrifice they faced the horror of war and prevailed. With quiet dignity they fought the additional battle earning the admiration and praise of their white comrades. They built a bridge of mutual respect that men crossed to see each other as friends, as Rangers...as Americans. The men of the 2nd Airborne Ranger Company were a once-in-history American experience. They were pathfinders in the development of the modern Army of the United States. We will never again have an "All Black" Ranger unit. They are an inspriation to an army where men of all races and creeds function together in defense of our mutual freedoms. This is a highly recommended work of American pride.

Robert and Carolyn Black
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