|Lt. Vernon J. Baker|
The writing of this book has been a profoundly moving experience in getting to know these seven African American Medal of Honor winners from WWII. They were denied their recognition for more than four decades.
I am simply in awe of their achievements and who they were as human beings. I set out with a goal for Immortal Valor, I wanted the reader to get to know these men far beyond their Medal of Honor citations. It has taken a great deal of research and hard work behind the scenes, but so far, I can report "we" have been accomplishing that mission. There is a reason I use the word "we."
I am a spiritual person, and I fully believe these men who are all deceased are aware of the book. I feel their guiding hand when I am stuck trying to confirm a fact or search for the perfect personal anecdote to bring their personalities to life.
Every obstacle I encounter seems to dissolve as I move through it. And quite often, I will come up with finds that are pure gold. One of those "finds" is Vernon Baker's interview with the Veteran's History Project sponsored by the Library of Congress. His poignant, sometimes heart-wrenching interview gives insight into the man beyond any dry research note. Below I share an excerpt from that interview.
New Book on Normandy, Normandy Ghosts
I also wanted to highlight a new book that caught my attention in the UK Edition of the Daily Mail, Normandy Ghosts by military historians Nigel Stewart and Sean Claxton. Their photographic ghosting technique is not new as it has been done extensively on American Civil War photographs, but that does not make it any less compelling.
In fact, the photos highlighted from the book show how little WWII landscapes have changed in 75 years. See the example below.
|From "Normandy Ghosts" Allied forces on track vehicles and Ariel motorcycles move inland through Saint-Côme-de-Fresné. The town is located to the west of Gold Beach.|
I encourage all to check out and purchase this new book which continues to keep the history alive. Because as we know, if we forget our history, we are doomed to repeat it.
For the full Daily Mail article click here.
Author Robert Child inks Book Deal with Bloomsbury Publishing Plc for Immortal Valor: African-American World War II Medal of Honor Winners
The 761st Tank Battalion in France
The WWII nonfiction title will publish in January 2021 to coincide with Black History Month in the US.
ATLANTA - April 9, 2021 - Robert Child of RSC Media Group, LLC announced today that he has signed a deal with Osprey Publishing, a Bloomsbury Publishing Plc division, to write a title about African-American Medal of Honor winners from WWII titled Immortal Valor. The deal was negotiated by Greg Johnson, President of Word Serve Literary.
In 1945, when Congress began reviewing the record of the most conspicuous acts of courage by American soldiers during WWII, they recommended awarding the Medal of Honor to 432 recipients. Of those nominated and despite a total of more than one million African-Americans who served, not a single black soldier received the Medal of Honor. The omission remained on the record for over four decades.
In 1993, the U.S. Army commissioned a research team at Shaw University in Raleigh, NC, to investigate the discrepancy and explore deserving black service members' records. The investigation uncovered seven incidents of uncommon valor that merited the Medal of Honor and, in turn, brought to light long-standing racial discrimination within the government to deny African-Americans their country's highest military honor.
|2nd Lt. Vernon Baker received his Medal of Honor in 1997|
In 1997, more than half a century after the war, President Clinton finally awarded the Medal of Honor to seven black Americans in a White House ceremony. Immortal Valor will bring their stories to life.
Child commented, "In researching Black military history for my recently released television documentary, Serving for Justice, what became clear is that we need to do justice to the African-American soldiers of World War II and bring their stories to a wider audience."
Commissioning Editor Kate Moore from Osprey Publishing said, “I am delighted to have acquired this noteworthy title from Robert Child. It is a remarkable story of ordinary men who performed extraordinary acts of courage and yet were shamefully denied the highest accolade due to the color of their skin. I am proud that we will be able to bring their story to a wider audience with this new book.”
Robert Child is a military history writer, director, and author. Besides his co-authored book, The Lost Eleven (Penguin/Random House) with Denise George, he has self-published nine other nonfiction military history titles and military thrillers over the last eight years. The author has garnered more than 26 writing and directing awards, including an Emmy® nomination, and is one of only a handful of Writer / Directors whose work has screened in the United States Congress.
About Osprey Publishing – an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing, Plc
Osprey Publishing is the leading publisher of illustrated military history. Now in its 50th year, Osprey has published more than 3,000 titles on a wide range of military history subjects from ancient times to the present day, covering battles, campaigns, uniforms, weapons, equipment, tactics and organization.
For all media queries related to the publication of Immortal Valor, including obtaining review copies, author events, festivals, and book signings, please contact my publicist Rayshma.Arjune@Bloomsbury.com.
|Robert Child Speaking at the Lotos Club, NYC|
As an author and filmmaker, I love speaking with folks about my work. This Black History Month I'm blessed to have several speaking engagements coming up that I want to alert you to. Below is a quick list with links.
UPCOMING SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS: Black History Month
February 11, 2021 12:30P PST / 3:30P EST Santa Clara Rotary Club Type: Zoom Presentation
February 16, 2021 11:00A PST / 2:00P EST Awakened Nation with Brad Szollose Type: Intv. Podcast
February 19, 2021 4:00P PST / 7:00P EST Afr. Am. Museum Bucks Cty. Type Online Film Screening, Serving for Justice with Q & A. *Ticketed Fundraising Event.
Rotary Club of Santa Clara, CA February 11th 3:30P EST
I am looking forward to speaking with the members of this very active and distinguished Rotary Club in California's Silicon Valley. I will be giving a presentation on my book, The Lost Eleven, and how it was inspired by my film, The Wereth Eleven.
Awakened Nation with Brad Szollose February 16th 2P EST
I will also be a guest on Brad Szollose's Awakened Nation Podcast, which is now in its fourth season on Apple Podcasts. I will be speaking with Brad about my recent film, Serving for Justice as well as my past creative works. Brad has welcomed many distinguished guests, and I am honored to be part of that roster.
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African American Museum of Bucks County Film Screening February 19th 7P EST
I am honored to be part of a benefit event to support the African American Museum of Bucks County with an online film screening of Serving for Justice about the 333rd Field Artillery Battalion in WWII. The Story of the 333rd Field Artillery Battalion is a story of fortitude, brotherhood, and faith in America’s ideals. Following the 50-minute film, I will discuss the making of the documentary, answer any questions from the audience and introduce the film’s producer, Arthur Collins Jr.
I wanted to share one of the distinguished historian reviews we have received. It is from US Army Colonel (Ret.) Robert Scherer Historian of the 12th Armored Division Association. We are honored he has shared his thoughts and kind words with us on the film. His review is below.
"Serving for Justice tells a story that needs to be told, and it is told well. The research that went into producing this film and the skill with which it was done are laudable. The initial ten minutes provides an excellent, albeit short history of the black experience up to WWII. I hope the producers will devote an entire movie to that experience in the future. The history of the men who enlisted or were inducted, trained, deployed, and fought in the 333rd Field Artillery Battalion is an American story that could be told of any of the 16 million personnel who wore our uniform in WWII. The fact that these men and others like them who happened to be African-American operated under a continual cloud of racism and yet performed just like any other American Soldier, some very good and some not as good, is what is remarkable. As the colloquialism says, they went into the fight with one hand tied behind their backs. The key part is they went into the fight! The producers have done an amazing job telling the story of the unit up to and including its participation in the Battle of the Bulge and the war crimes committed on the men we now know as the Wereth Eleven. The end story of the ultimate acknowledgement of the crime and the memorial erected and dedicated in their honor and memory is critical to our history. I highly recommend this film. It is historically accurate to my knowledge and very well done."
Robert W. Scherer
COL (Retired), US Army
Historian, 12th Armored Division Association
Board Member 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum
I am pleased to announce today that Gettysburg: The Final Measure of Devotion has secured a new global distribution deal with Janson Media and has debuted on Amazon Prime.
The 1-hour docudrama which I wrote and directed for the 150th battle anniversary in partnership with the Gettysburg Anniversary Committee features breathtaking, epic battle sequences from the largest Civil War battle reenactment ever staged –the 150th Gettysburg.
The event was a monumental undertaking and our cameras were there to capture the entire spectacle. We had camera people embedded in period uniform within both the Union and Confederate ranks. The viewer is transported back to 1863 within exclusive battle footage, which cannot be seen anywhere else.
The film’s storyline centers on Lincoln and the trials and tribulations he endured throughout the conflict and the war. Lincoln was frustrated that Union forces did not put away the Confederate Army when they had them on the ropes. He said, “We only had to close our fingers and the war would be over.”
The film features on screen commentary by Civil War theatrical director and friend, Ronald F, Maxwell (Gettysburg, Gods and Generals) who also narrated my Lincoln and Lee at Antietam film. Also appearing throughout is foremost Lincoln scholar, Allen Guelzo, who is the Director of Civil War Era Studies at Gettysburg College and author of numerous books on the Civil War including Gettysburg: The Last Invasion winner of the Guggenheim-Lehrman Prize in Military History.
Gettysburg: The Final Measure of Devotion is a captivating production that we are proud to have in global distribution with Janson Media. Check it out when you have the opportunity.
Serving for Justice: The Story of the 333rd Field Artillery Battalion
Amidst the horrors and indignities of Jim Crow America, one million African Americans served their country to protect democracy abroad and expand it at home during World War II. This documentary tells of a combat unit struggling to succeed in battle, proving their full-citizenship when their lives seemed to matter less. Here is a story of fortitude, brotherhood, and faith in America's ideals.
"Serving for Justice is about the history of the 333rd Field Artillery Battalion. It covers a wide swath of black history from the early Jim Crow laws and how the African American experience unfolded in America and how it shaped the men who would go on to fight in World War II," said Director Robert Child.
"Originally produced for the American Embassy in Belgium, this project has grown from that original mission. To say it is timely would be quite an understatement but it goes to show that racial inequality has been with us a long while and has not been addressed properly. Perhaps now more voices are speaking up and positive change will come about. Time will tell. I am pleased, however that the work I have done in this area has continued to be noticed."
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Amidst the horrors and indignities of Jim Crow America, one million African Americans served their country to protect democracy abroad and expand it at home during World War II. The new documentary tells a unit struggling to succeed in battle, proving their full-citizenship when their lives seemed to matter less. Serving for Justice: The Story of the 333rd Field Artillery Battalion is a story of fortitude, brotherhood, and faith in America's ideals.
I hope you can check out the new film, which will debut on Amazon Prime this Friday November 6th.