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The purpose of my book is to provide information about my personal history for my family and friends. Most of my experienees are unknown to them because of my having to live away in the service of my country and the raising of my children. lt is my wish to be a part of the family legend; and by my experiences 1 wish to inspire future generations to follow the examples and continue with the tradition established by the family. Further, 1 hope they improve on them as well.

Most importantly, 1 want to pay tribute to the Buffalo Division of World War 11, the United States 92nd Infantry Division, a unit which 1 consider made the greatest contribution to our democracy than any of our World War 11 divisions. Its combat performance provided the basis for integrating the Armed Forces of the United State and the foundation for all civil rights achievements of the 1940s, 50s and 60s. Without its wartime contribution, these accomplishments would not have been realized at the time in which they occurred. The accomplishments played a major role in enhancing the post World War 11 image of the United States on the world scene, contributing to the winning of the cold war. Even though it is quite late, 1 recommend, and 1 am prepared to support the granting of a Presidential Unit Citation for the contribution of the Buffalo Division during the second World War.

One of the purposes of this book is to provide a view for all America into the minds of black people so that they can see themselves in the same mirror and realize that our democracy for them, as well as the for rest of the Americans, is very incomplete until we can see each other the same way. Every advance for one group is an advance for the whole group. We all suffer when any group is deprived of the opportunity to reach its füll potential. Our progress and world leadership is based on the opportunity and encouragement of every individual to reach his and her füll potential.

The main purpose of this book is to show how the sin of racism has prevented our armed forces from realizing the füll benefit of the integration process. There were always enough racist commanders around, conspiracies formed for limiting integration, causing good people to leave the service. Black military personnel felt the racist pinch more than other minority groups. This past Thanksgiving, November 25, 1999, 1 took my family to the local military installation for dinner where 1 met the new battalion commander. This was where 1 served as the Education Officer over thirtythree years earlier. The battalion commander said to me, 'I don't have a single black lieutenant in my command," a battalion which has between thiryfive and forty officers. Tears almost came to my eyes because 1 had predicted this forty years earlier. 1 had already commented that 1 was seeing fewer and fewer black junior officers around.

1 was happy to see and hear of the recent survey conceming racism in the services. lt came out just as 1 had finished this book. 1 cannot think of a better purpose this book can serve than for every officer in the Armed Forces to read and to use it as a guide. Many of them may not realize their shortcomings. Others may be afraid to do anything about them. There must be a strong integration policy with teeth which will enable good officers to take the leadership with respect to optaining the maximum benefit from integration of an integrated Armed Force.

This book is dedicated to the making of a better Armed Forces, a better America, as we move forward into the 21st Century. Racism of the past four centuries as we celebrate the two thousandth birthday of Jesus Christ must be treated as the sins of the past. Let us pray that it will be so.