Book of the Month
Linda Hervieux’s Forgotten is the story of the 320th Anti-Aircraft Barrage Balloon Battalion, the only African-American combat unit to land at Omaha Beach on D-Day, June 6, 1944. Waverly Woodson, Jr., their medic, treated 200 wounded and dying soldiers until he collapsed 30 hours later from his wounds and exhaustion. He would be nominated for the Medal of Honor, an award that was not given to black soldiers in World War II. This book “is a vivid account of the tension between racial politics and national service in wartime America, and a moving narrative of human bravery and perseverance in the face of injustice.”
“Forgotten is an utterly compelling account of the African Americans who played a crucial and dangerous role in the invasion of Europe. The story of their heroic duty is long overdue.”
— Tom Brokaw, author of The Greatest Generation.
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