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Honoring Sergeant Carter: A Family's Journey to Uncover the Truth About an American Hero Paperback – January 20, 2004
From Publishers Weekly
In 1936, Eddie Carter joined the Abraham Lincoln Brigade in Spain, fighting in defense of the Republic. Following Franco's victory, Carter returned to America, married then volunteered when Pearl Harbor was bombed. His transportation unit finally went to Europe in 1944. When the front line ran short of white soldiers, the army asked black soldiers to volunteer for combat duty. Already a sergeant, Eddie volunteered, but was reduced in rank so he would be unable to command white troops. Attached to the 12th Armored Division, Carter entered combat at the German town of Speyer. When German resistance stiffened and endangered a race to secure a Rhine crossing, Carter singlehandedly wiped out enemy machine gun and mortar positions and took two prisoners, at the expense of being wounded many times. After the war, Carter was denied reenlistment privileges in the army, then dropped from the California National Guard. Why? His daughter-in-law Allene, using expert sleuthing skills, circumvented army stonewalling and eventually found that Carter had once innocently attended a postwar victory dinner that had been hosted by a Communist-affiliated society. He was spied on and secret files compiled. No black soldiers received Medals of Honor for their heroism in WWII, and in 1997 Pres. Bill Clinton awarded a Medal of Honor to Eddie's son Edward III (Eddie had died in 1963). The army later apologized, and Eddie's National Guard file was corrected. Sergeant Carter himself was saddened over his shoddy treatment when he had been wounded fighting for ideals that were denied to a significant segment of America's people. Allene's dogged determination to uncover the truth and correct the record is a proud testament to her background as a union activist.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Packed with jewels of America's diverse racial and cultural history too often hidden from view, on the surface this is a story of a black World War II hero. But this is also the story of the struggle to secure a Medal of Honor, full military recognition, and ultimately a formal apology from the government. The U.S. had cast a cloud over the loyalty of Carter by preventing his re-enlistment after an extended service with honors simply because Carter's experiences did not "fit" the government's perception of service by blacks. Carter was the son of missionary parents (a black father and Anglo-Indian mother). He subsequently joined the Merchant Marines, fought against the fascists in Spain, then joined the U.S. Army and fought with unsurpassed gallantry against the Nazis. When he attempted to re-enlist in the Army, he was refused. He faced the dual constrictions of limited military service opportunities for blacks and his own wide-ranging life experiences. This is an inspirational account of one man's extraordinary life and struggle for personal and racial justice. Vernon Ford
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An American hero...I salute Sir for all you have contributed to our great nation.
I think that this book should be required reading in all of the public and private schools. It is a very good example of what life was like in this country during the Second World War. The bitter racism in this country was so thick that you could cut it with a knife. I hope that a movie will be made from this book.
However, as Allene began rummaging through the remnants of the soldier's life, she discovered a lot more than she expected. It seemed her father-in-law had much more of a story to tell than Allene had ever imagined. Through her tireless efforts and extensive research, Allene Carter rectified the injustices committed against Eddie during his life.
This book is much more than the casual recounting of a soldier's story. Instead, it is a glimpse into the world as it was for a black serviceman returning home from war in the 1940's. Though there are countless others who lived a similar experience, the personal aspect of knowing this soldier by name affords a much heavier impact. I applaud Allene Carter for discovering the truth and clearing the name of an innocent victim of a racist era.
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and just tribute to a soldier who gave his all to his country,
only to be dissed by it.
The book written by Allene G.Read more