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We Were There

We Were There

Voices of African American Veterans, from World War II to the War in Iraq

by Yvonne Latty


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The Greatest Generation meets Bloods in this oral history of the often unrecognized African American war veterans who have fought in every war from World War II to the War in Iraq

Award-winning journalist Yvonne Latty never bothered to find out the extent of her father’s Navy service until it was almost too late. Inspired by his moving story—and eager to uncover the little known stories of other Black veterans ranging from those who served in the Second World War to the War in Iraq—Latty set about interviewing veterans of every stripe: men and women, Army, Navy, and Air Force personnel, prisoners of war and brigadier generals.

In a book which has sparked discussions in homes and churches across America, Latty, along with acclaimed photographer Ron Tarver, captures not only what was unique about the experiences of over a dozen veterans but also why it is important for their stories to be recorded. Whether it’s the story of a Black medic on Omaha Beaches or a nurse who ferried wounded soldiers by helicopter to medical centers throughout Asia, We Were There is a must have for every Black home, military enthusiast, and American patriot.

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