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African American World War II veterans share stories of war amidst segregation

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By Pamela McLoughlin, Journal Register Staff

Among the shrinking pool of World War II veterans still alive is a group with two war stories to tell.

One is about patriotism, dedication and becoming war heroes. The other is of doing the same thing, but in a segregated military where black troops fought in different units than white troops, with whites at the highest ranks, even though their blood spilled the same.

The Greater New Haven branch of the NAACP will honor black World War II veterans from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at a Veterans Day program at Criterion Cinemas, 86 Temple St. For tickets, call the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People office at 203-389-7275 or e-mail Tickets are $25

In addition, the NAACP will showcase an oral history project, featuring the veterans, created by Hillhouse High School.

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Army’s Anderson to be Maryland AD

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By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun

Army’s Kevin Anderson will be named Maryland’s next athletic director, according to officials at the school.

“I will confirm it is Kevin Anderson,” senior associate athletic director Kathy Worthington said.

Anderson will be introduced on campus on Tuesday. He will be Maryland’s first African-American athletic director, just as he was the first African-American to head up the department at one of the military service academies.

Anderson, an Army sergeant’s son who attended San Francisco State, has worked in athletics at Army, Oregon State, Cal and Stanford.

“I’ve always been fortunate to have strong, black male role models in my life, starting with my father, Ralph, and uncles,” Anderson told Army News Service when he was hired at West Point in 2005. “My father was a sergeant in the Army and that’s how he raised us and instilled education, values and caring.” Read the rest of this entry »

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September 4, 2010 at 4:41 pm

1st woman takes charge of Army’s drill sergeants

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by Susanne Schafer, Associated Press

Female Drill Sergeants CommandantCommand Sgt. Maj. Teresa King can dress down a burly, battle-hardened sergeant in seconds with a sharp phrase and a withering look, then turn around and tell trainee soldiers to be sure they get seven hours of sleep.

As the first woman to take charge of the Army’s school for its order-barking drill sergeants, the 28-year military veteran and sharecropper’s daughter said she’s used to breaking down barriers in military roles normally reserved for men.

“It’s so easy because I love it,” said King, a single, 48-year-old North Carolina native. “I have a family in the Army. It is my family.”

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September 29, 2009 at 9:16 am

Twin surgeons serve in war as army reservists

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“We know our first obligation is to God and country, and we’re going to meet that obligation,” says Vance Moss, a surgeon urologist from Howell.

“But we’re also doctors, and we know the terrible needs in a place like that, so we’re hoping to do what we can for the children of Iraq,” says Vince Moss, Vance’s identical twin and a cardiothoracic surgeon.

The brothers, just starting out on their own with a private practice, are giving it up to go on their third tour in a war zone. Their first two, in 2006 and 2007, were in Afghanistan, where they patched together men and women and many children shot and bombed and burned and ravaged by disease.

Vince and Vance Moss, 36, left behind a clinic in Afghanistan they still support financially and thought they might someday go back to, continuing their work with humanitarian organizations to repair the hurt. Once they were established in New Jersey.

“But we got our orders and it’s time for us to serve again,” says Vince.

The twins, both Army majors in the active reserves, leave for Iraq Jan. 26, turning over their practice temporarily to colleagues who will care for the patients from their office, the Mid-Atlantic Multi-Specialty Group.

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January 17, 2008 at 2:22 am