Archive for 2022

Ancient Roman Wars on Point of the Spear

Join Robert Child this week on Point of the Spear for a conversation with author Lindsay Powell. Lindsay  writes for Ancient History and Ancient Warfare magazine. His articles have also appeared in Military Heritage and Strategy and Tactics. His appearances include BBC Radio, British Forces Broadcasting Service, History Channel and HistoryHit. His latest book is Bar Kokhba: The Jew Who Defied Hadrian and Challenged the Might of Rome.

Monday
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The Irish Revolution from a Global Perspective

This week join Robert Child for a conversation with author Fearghal McGarry. Fearghal is a Professor of Irish History at Queen’s University Belfast. He has authored and edited many books, including The Rising―Ireland: Easter 1916. His latest book is The Irish Revolution: A Global History.

Tuesday
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New Documentary Project, No Warrior Left Behind: The Untold Story of HC-7

 I am delighted to announce a new documentary film project is underway in association with the Naval Helicopter Association Historical Society. No Warrior Left Behind: The Untold Story of HC-7 is the first Vietnam War project I have undertaken, but I have wanted to write and direct a Vietnam War film for a long time. This project is perfect for me as it highlights courage and sacrifice in a naval squadron whose story is not well known.


The Story in Brief:

A naval helicopter combat support squadron (HC-7) in Vietnam whose primary mission became search and rescue. Each harrowing mission often through hostile fire always in enemy territory redefined the mantra, “leave no warrior behind.” Among the tenacious airmen who flew these oftentimes one-way missions was Clyde Lassen. (photo on left) He was only one of two naval aviators to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in Vietnam. By the end of the war, the squadron had rescued nearly150 grateful aviators from People’s Democratic Republic of Vietnam (PDRV) and the Gulf of Tonkin. That stellar performance established HC-7’s reputation as “the most highly decorated squadron in Naval Aviation history.” 


Overview:


By September 1967 when HC-7 was established, Vietnam was fast becoming the “helicopter war.” It is the defining mode of transport and image that remains in the minds of most Americans today. These birds brought men into battle and carried them home. 

 

The role of HC-7 was CSAR (Combat Search and Rescue) and the task was not for the faint of heart. The Navy lost an average of two SAR aircraft for every three aircrews rescued and one SAR crewman killed or captured for every two aircrews rescued. Many more rescues were attempted than succeeded.  

 

Undaunted by those odds, aviators of HC-7 performed their duties with courage and determination. They knew what was at stake. A captured American pilot faced torture, isolation, and many times death at the hands of the fanatical North Vietnamese. 

 

With the passage of time, we are losing these naval veterans, the survivors, and their stories. No Warrior Left Behind preserves the inspiring tales of a combat rescue squadron whose sole purpose and mission were to bring our warriors back home. 

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The CIA's Secret Mission in the Aftermath of 9/11

Over on the podcast this week catch my guest Toby Harden. He’s a former foreign correspondent for the Sunday Times of London and the Daily Telegraph reporting from more than 30 countries. His recent book is called  First Casualty: The Untold Story of the CIA Mission to Avenge 9/11.

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Bestselling Author Tom Clavin Returns to Point of the Spear to talk about a Civil War Naval Battle

This coming week (Wednesday 5/18) catch my conversation with author Tom Clavin. Tom returns to Point of the Spear to discuss To the Uttermost Ends of the Earth his book about the greatest Civil War battle at sea ever waged.

More about the book:

On June 19, 1864, just off the coast of France, one of the most dramatic naval battles in history took place. On a clear day with windswept skies, the dreaded Confederate raider Alabama faced the Union warship Kearsarge in an all-or-nothing fight to the finish, the outcome of which would effectively end the threat of the Confederacy on the high seas.

Authors Phil Keith and Tom Clavin introduce some of the crucial but historically overlooked players, including John Winslow, captain of the USS Kearsarge, as well as Raphael Semmes, captain of the CSS Alabama. Readers will sail aboard the Kearsarge as Winslow embarks for Europe with a set of simple orders from the secretary of the navy: "Travel to the uttermost ends of the earth, if necessary, to find and destroy the Alabama."

Winslow pursued Semmes in a spectacular fourteen-month chase over international waters, culminating in what would become the climactic sea battle of the Civil War.

Saturday
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Author Jared Frederick Discusses Ronald Speirs and His Band of Brothers

Wednesday May 11th join me for a conversation with author Jared Frederick. Jared is a history instructor at Penn State Altoona and hosts the popular Youtube Channel Reel History.  His new book is called  Fierce Valor: The True Story of Ronald Speirs and his Band of Brothers.

Tuesday
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Martin Dugard on Point of the Spear with his #1 NY Times Book, Killing the Killers

Released this week. Join Robert Child for a conversation with author Martin Dugard. Martin Is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and co-author of the Mega-million selling “Killing” series. He’s also launched a solo series the “Taking” series that is discussed during the episode. Dugard’s new book is called Killing the Killers: The Secret War Against Terrorists.

Saturday
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The India-Burma Campaigns in WWII on Point of the Spear

This week join Robert Child for a conversation with author Chris Kolakowski. Chris spent his career interpreting and preserving American military history with the National Park Service, New York State government, the Rensselaer County (NY) Historical Society, the Civil War Preservation Trust, and other organizations. He has written and spoken on various aspects of military history from 1775 to the present. His current book is called Nations in the Balance: The India-Burma Campaigns, December 1943 - August 1944.


Tuesday
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Marine Lt. Colonel David Kelly on Point of the Spear

Join Robert Child April 20th for a conversation with Author and retired Marine Lt. Col. David Kelly. David served as an infantry officer with Lima Company, 3rd Battalion 4th Marines with an Amphibious Readiness Group off the coast of Vietnam. He volunteered to return to active duty to deploy to Iraq in 2004 as senior Field Historian to conduct interview with Marines and sailors in Iraq. His latest book is a result of that effort called Hell in the Streets of Husaybah.


Thursday
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The Republic of Violence on Point of the Spear

Join Robert Child for a conversation with New York Times Bestselling author J.D. Dickey. J.D. has been writing books for 20 years, first as an author for Penguin/Rough Guides, now as a writer of narrative nonfiction about American history, society and culture. His latest book is called The Republic of Violence: The Tormented Rise of Abolition in Andrew Jackson’s America.

Listen on Spotify


Wednesday
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April Guests on Point of the Spear

We’ve got some great guests coming to Point of the Spear in April. Following up on Alex Kershaw we have another NYT bestselling author. J.D. Dickey stops by to discuss violence in America’s past in his fascinating new book, The Republic of Violence: The Tormented Rise of Abolition in Andrew Jackson’s America. And later in April author and Marine Corp Lt. Colonel David Kelly comes to Point of the Spear to talk about the intense street fighting of the 3rd Battalion 7th Marines in Iraq in 2004 in his new book, Hell in the Streets of Husaybah. Another episode you won’t want to miss. All this and much more - it’s a jam-packed April on Point of the Spear.

Sunday
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Watch the Full Point of the Spear Interview with Author Alex Kershaw

Join me for a conversation with New York Times bestselling author Alex Kershaw. Alex is a journalist, public speaker and New York Times best-selling author of over ten books, including The Liberator - the basis for the Netflix series - The Longest Winter, The Bedford Boys, Avenue of Spies and The First Wave. His current book, Against All Odds, a saga of four Medal of Honor recipients, and released in May 2022.


Watch the full interview below.




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New York Times Bestselling Author Alex Kershaw Comes to Point of the Spear

Be sure to mark your calendars for April 6th. That date is the audio/video podcast release of my interview with New York Times bestselling author, Alex Kershaw. Alex and I discuss his new book Against All Odds and the 3rd Infantry Division in WW2. This episode will be released on YouTube and Spotify on video as well as on audio on all our podcast platforms. Another episode you don't want to miss! 

Tuesday
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Angus Wallace of the WW2 Podcast is on Point of the Spear

Over on the podcast this week on Wed. 3/30 join Robert Child for a conversation with Angus Wallace host of the WW2 Podcast. The history podcast has been around since 2006 and Angus is a wealth of knowledge. It's another episode you won't want to miss. Join us on Wednesday!  

Join us at this link.

Sunday
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National Medal of Honor Day We Celebrate Vernon Baker

March 25th is National Medal of Honor Day in the US and over on the podcast we have a very special episode planned - an interview with Medal of Honor recipient Vernon Baker. Vernon served as a Lieutenant in the all-black 370th Infantry Regiment which became the Point of the Spear for the 92nd Division on the Gothic Line in Italy. We hope you'll check out the show tomorrow. #militaryhistory #podcasts

Thursday
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Authors Bruns and Olson are on Point of the Spear

On the podcast join me for a conversation with writing duo of Bruns and Olson and their new military thriller series Command and Control. David Bruns and J.R. Olson are both graduates of the Naval Academy and have been creating thrillers together for more than six years.

Monday
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Washington Inspired by Paine's Words in 1776

 

In Bucks County Pennsylvania in December 1776 the future of America appeared bleak.

"When Thomas Paine joined the 5,000 cold, frightened patriot soldiers in Washington’s emergency camp on the west bank of the Delaware, he immediately received new orders. Washington believed the author of Common Sense could help the revolutionary cause more with his pen than with a musket. So Paine set out on foot to Philadelphia and produced a pamphlet titled The Crisis, which began with a stirring call to arms. “These are the times that try men’s souls,” Paine wrote. “The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.”


A rider carried the pamphlet to the Continental Army’s camp on the Delaware. Washington had decided to lead his men across the river late on Christmas night and surprise-attack the Hessian mercenaries at Trenton. In preparation for that desperate crossing, he ordered his officers to gather their men in groups and read Paine’s words aloud." Wm. Hogeland, History.Net Full article
Tuesday
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Cold War Spying on the Russians on Point of the Spear

Over on the podcast join Robert Child for a conversation with author R.J. Patterson about his 5-book Cold War spy series. Patterson grew up in a military family but spent much of his career in journalism, winning numerous award writing articles for prestigious newspapers, including The New York Times. He’s been a prolific and best selling author for many years and on the episode we’re talking about spying on the Russians among the things.

 

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Serving for Justice - "Delivers the Goods"

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: The Story of the 333rd Field Artillery Battalion was produced by Ebony Doughboys, and written and directed by Robert Child.

"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."



The film was produced by Ebony Doughboys, a group of African American living historians who are focused on telling the story of the outstanding record of service of African Americans during the First World War. Founded in 2014, the group is the offshoot of other African American re-enactors who for many years educated and enlightened the public on the involvement of African Americans in World War I. Today, the group forms an overarching structure for African American reenactors who hail from the east coast, the mid-west and the southern United States.

Ebony Doughboys statement:

"As a basis of our historical interpretation, we engage in the extensive research of the role of African Americans during this period by studying and reading personal accounts, archived sources, photographs and other source material. We examine photographs and original garments, accoutrements and weapons to gain a thorough understanding of the original Ebony Doughboys. We strive to reach a consistent, high level of authenticity in our appearance, realizing that as our knowledge grows, our standards for authenticity will also evolve. Members are expected to present themselves to the public with military deportment, an open-mindedness for learning, and a commitment to educating, dispelling myths, and building bridges of understanding."


Review from Amazon.com

"AWESOME INDIE FILM! What a rollercoaster. If you are interested in general history, military history, WWII history, American history, or interested in a great story -- you will want to watch this documentary, and learn about the 333rd Field Artillery Battalion. Their story is America's story over the entire 20th Century. The unit was born directly from the triumphs & tragedies of WWI's African-American experience, they endured amazing combat experiences in Normandy & beyond, they were outgunned/outmanned in their desperate fight at the Bulge -- and their legacy of courage sacrifice took seventy years to correct, after the war. To tell the tale, the film makes good use of various elements -- striking expert & participant interviews, rare WWII combat footage, reenactor recreations, etc. -- and delivers the goods. Take the time, watch this movie, and learn about some heroic people -- people that you will not soon forget.

Chris Isleib

Captain, USN (Retired)

Director of Communication

U.S. World War I Centennial Commission

Washington, DC"


Monday
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Military Thriller Authors Andrews and Wilson Come to Point of the Spear this Week

Over on the podcast this week we have two incredible military writers Andrews and Wilson. Both former military who have taken over the reins of the W.E.B. Griffin Presidential Agent series. It is a funny and enlightening conversation with two masters of the military thriller. The episode releases on Wednesday 3/9. Point of the Spear with Robert Child is available on all the major platforms and we hope you check it out. 

Second Half of February and full March Guest Schedule on Point of the Spear


February 16th - Mark Greaney

Join Robert Child for a conversation with Mark Greaney about his book Sierra Six. Mark is a #1 NYT best selling author of over 16 thrillers He has written or cowritten seven Tom Clancy novels and the Audible Original Audio Drama, Armored which has been optioned for film by Sony Pictures. He lives in Memphis with his family.




February 19th - Carole Engle Avriett

Join Robert Child for a conversation with author Carole Engle Avriett about her book Marine Raiders: The True Story of the Legendary WWII Battalions. Carole grew up in a military family. She graduated from the University of California, Davis, with a double major BA in English and History, specializing in Military History. She served as the Homes Editor with Southern Living Magazine for nearly 15 years. *This episode is dedicated to Edwin "The Swede" Blomberg, WWII Marine Raider.


February 23rd - Steve Berry


Join Robert Child for a conversation with author Steve Berry about his book The Kaiser’s Web. Steve is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of the Cotton Malone novels, among other books. He and his wife are the founders of History Matters, which is dedicated to historical preservation. He serves as an emeritus member of the Smithsonian Libraries Advisory Board and was a founding member of International Thriller Writers, formerly serving as its co-president. 


March 2nd - Brad Taylor


Join Robert Child for a conversation with author Brad Taylor about his book End of Days. 
Brad is a twenty-one-year veteran of the U.S. Army Infantry and Special Forces, including eight years with Delta Force. Taylor retired in 2010 after serving more than two decades and participating in Oper-ation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He has written fifteen New York Times bestsellers and is a security consultant on asymmetric threats for various agencies. He lives in Charleston, South Carolina, with his wife and two daughters.

March 5th - Marc Liebman

Join Robert Child for a conversation with author, Marc Liebman about his book Failure to Fire. Liebman is a retired U.S. Navy Captain and Naval Aviator who is a combat veteran of Vietnam, the tanker wars of the 1980s and Desert Shield/Desert Storm. He retired as a Captain after twenty-six years in the Navy and a career that took him all over the world.


March 9th - Andrews and Wilson


Join Robert Child for a conversation with Andrews and Wilson about their book, Rogue Asset. 

W. E. B. Griffin was the author of seven bestselling series: The Corps, Brotherhood of War, Badge of Honor, Men at War, Honor Bound, Presidential Agent, and Clandestine Operations. He passed away in February 2019.

Brian Andrews is a U.S. Navy veteran, Park Leadership Fellow, and former submarine officer with a psychology degree from Vanderbilt and a masters in business from Cornell University.

Jeffrey Wilson has worked as an actor, firefighter, paramedic, jet pilot, and diving instructor, as well as a vascular and trauma surgeon. He served in the U.S. Navy for fourteen years and made multiple deployments as a combat surgeon with an East Coast-based SEAL Team. He and his wife, Wendy, live in Southwest Florida with their four children.

March 16th - RJ Patterson

Join Robert Child for a conversation with RJ Patterson,  R.J. Patterson is an award-winning writer and thriller author living in the Pacific Northwest. While growing up in a military family, he spent some of his formative years living with his family on the estate of an English baron and baroness. It was there that he developed his passion for good literature and an appreciation for football.



March 23rd - Bruns and Olson

Join Robert Child for a conversation with Bruns and Olson. J .R. Olson graduated from Annapolis in May of 1990 with a BS in History. He served as a naval intelligence officer, retiring in March of 2011 at the rank of commander. His assignments during his 21-year career included duty aboard aircraft carriers and large deck amphibious ships, participation in numerous operations around the world, to include Iraq, Somalia, Bosnia, and Afghanistan, and service in the U.S. Navy in strategic-level Human Intelligence (HUMINT) collection operations as a CIA-trained case officer. 


David Bruns earned a Bachelor of Science in Honors English from the United States Naval Academy. (That's not a typo. He's probably the only English major you'll ever meet who took multiple semesters of calculus, physics, chemistry, electrical engineering, naval architecture, and weapons systems just so he could read some Shakespeare. It was totally worth it.) Following six years as a US Navy submarine officer, David spent twenty years in the high-tech private sector. 

March 30th - Angus Wallace

Join Robert Child for a conversation with Angus Wallace. Angus hosts the long-running WW2 Podcast. The WW2 Podcast is dedicated to the military history of the Second World War. Hosted by a British host, Angus Wallace, the show launched back in 2015 and has gone on to release more than 65 episodes. Throughout the ongoing series, Wallace has covered a range of WWII topics, from Churchill’s decision to join the war in 1940, to the famed Nazi Hunters, to the Normandy landings. Wallace reinforces his episodes with interviews of authors and military experts, who help to paint in the finer details of the events, battles and people that contributed to the war.












Speaking Appearances Black History Month (So Far)

 

UPCOMING SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS: Black History Month 2022


I have a number of author events, podcast and radio guest appearance coming up for Black History Month. The list is growing long but you can can catch me at one of these venues.








PODCAST:
February 04, 2022  Coming Home Well Podcast speaking on The Lost Eleven 

VIRTUAL  AUTHOR EVENT:
February 08, 2022   8PM EST Virtual Author Event St. Louis Cty. Lib. Immortal Valor

RADIO
February 9, 2022 11AM CST - KFMG FM - The Culture Buzz

LIVE VIRTUAL AUTHOR EVENT:
February 10, 2022  2PM EST  Avon Public Library Virtual Meet the Author Event

PODCAST:
February 11, 2022 The History of WWII Podcast with Ray Harris Jr. 

RADIO
February 13, 2022 10:30P ET WICN Radio NPR Show - The Public Eye

PODCAST:
February 15, 2022 WW2 Podcast with Guest Robert Child

Tuesday
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St. Louis County Library Virtual Author Event with Robert Child Feb. 8th at 7P


February 8th at 7P for Back History Month I hope you'll check out my  virtual author event with the St. Louis County Library on my new WWII book, Immortal Valor.  WATCH ON FACE BOOK

Recent Review of Immortal Valor:

"This book and its inspiring stories merits reading by soldiers, and all Americans, because so many of us still conceive of the world wars as “white” wars, fought and won by white men, an image and impression that standard books and movies still convey. African Americans have fought in every war that the Colonies and the country have waged, and a significant way to impress this fact on all ranks, and all Americans, is for them to read such a book." 
ARMY Magazine Feb 2022 issue. by John Morrow Jr. Dr. Morrow the Franklin and Saye Professor of History at the University of Georgia, specializes in the history of the world wars. In 2019, he was awarded the prestigious Pritzker Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing. Full Review



Robert Child on the Coming Home Well Podcast Friday February 4th


Tomorrow-Friday 2/4 as we continue to celebrate
black history month catch my conversation on the Coming Home Well #podcast about THE LOST ELEVEN. It is a military history story of GIs who were brutally massacred in a #WWII war crime that was forgotten by history. LINK 







Thursday
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Author Katherine Pangonis on Point of the Spear Feb 2nd

THIS WEDNESDAY... as her book QUEENS OF JERUSALEM releases tomorrow 2/1 in the USA catch an interview with @Pegasus_Books author @Katie_Pangonis on Point of the Spear. It was a great conversation! #militaryhistory #authors #podcasts

LISTEN HERE.

Monday
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Join Robert Child this Sunday Jan. 23rd @4P EST on History Happy Hour



Join Robert Child live on YouTube this Sunday at 4PM EST as he speaks with Rick Beyer and Chris Anderson on History Happy Hour about Immortal Valor.

 

Thursday
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February Guests on Point of the Spear

Join Robert Child in February on Point of the Spear when he welcomes many outstanding guests including authors Katherine Pangonis, Queens of Jerusalem, and Paul Wooadge, Angels of Mercy. In addition and #1, NYT Bestselling author Mark Greaney will be here to talk about his new military thriller, Sierra Six. Also in February, we will be celebrating Black History Month and author Linda Hervieux will be here to talk about her book Forgotten: The Untold Story of D-Day’s Black Heroes, at Home and at War. It’s a jam-packed February on Point of the Spear.




Wednesday
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TONIGHT January 18th Join Me for a Virtual Event on Immortal Valor

TONIGHT...I hope you'll join Robert Child for a free online event at 7P EST on Facebook where I discuss my new book IMMORTAL VALOR. Click the link below to register. REGISTER HERE

Tuesday
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Tues. Jan 18th @ 7P EST Join me online at Midtown Reader for Immortal Valor

This coming week I hope you'll join me for a free online event on Facebook featuring my brand new book, Immortal Valor, which came out on January 11th. Immortal Valor.

REGISTER AT THIS LINK

The remarkable story of the seven African American soldiers ultimately awarded the World War II Medal of Honor, and the 50-year campaign to deny them their recognition.

In 1945, when Congress began reviewing the record of the most conspicuous acts of courage by American soldiers during World War II, they recommended awarding the Medal of Honor to 432 recipients. Despite the fact that more than one million African-Americans served, not a single black soldier received the Medal of Honor. The omission remained on the record for over four decades.

But recent historical investigations have brought to light some of the extraordinary acts of valor performed by black soldiers during the war. Men like Vernon Baker, who single-handedly eliminated three enemy machineguns, an observation post, and a German dugout. Or Sergeant Reuben Rivers, who spearhead his tank unit's advance against fierce German resistance for three days despite being grievously wounded. Meanwhile Lieutenant Charles Thomas led his platoon to capture a strategically vital village on the Siegfried Line in 1944 despite losing half his men and suffering a number of wounds himself.

Ultimately, in 1993 a US Army commission determined that seven men, including Baker, Rivers and Thomas, had been denied the Army's highest award simply due to racial discrimination. In 1997, more than 50 years after the war, President Clinton finally awarded the Medal of Honor to these seven heroes, sadly all but one of them posthumously.

These are their stories. 

Sunday
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New Article I wrote for the UK-based The American Magazine on Ruben Rivers


For my readers in the UK check out my article in the Jan-Feb issue of The American magazine about the fifty year struggle that Captain David Williams fought to secure the Medal of Honor for his black tank soldier, Ruben Rivers.

It is a true study in tenacity and Williams was able to attend the ceremony in Washington DC to see his life-long mission completed. The article is well-worth the read and I hope you check it out

Link to magazine.

Monday
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New Article Written for Aspects of History Magazine

Check out my article about Medal of Honor recipient, Edward Carter, and his long struggle to clear his name in this today's issue of the online magazine Aspects of History

Article Excerpt:

"His post WWII life was a story of discrimination, frustration, false accusations but ultimate redemption driven by the efforts of his tenacious daughter-in-law, Allene Carter. Edward Carter was a born soldier, it was his profession and first love, and his transition to civilian life was complicated. Discrimination after the war was widespread, and many black veterans had trouble securing employment, including Carter.

He applied but was turned down for a VA (Veterans Affairs) loan to launch a painting business and eventually landed as the Director of Public Relations for the Eastside Chamber of Commerce in Los Angeles. He became chairman of the Chamber’s Veterans Bureau and attempted to form an interracial veterans committee. He saw it as a way black and white veterans could work together to set an example to improve race relations. Unfortunately, the committee never got off the ground.

Frustrated, he returned to the life he knew best and reenlisted in the military. Carter was assigned to Camp Lee, Virginia, in the First Service Group, but it was only temporary. His combat experience was needed, and he became an instructor on loan from the Army in the California National Guard and transferred west to Sacramento. Carter served successfully at different posts across the state.

In the late 1940s, however, it came to light that he had been under investigation and surveillance by the Army Counterintelligence Corps (CIC) for suspected communist sympathies. The investigation stemmed from his service with the Abraham Lincoln Brigade in Spain during the Spanish Civil War."

Read the full Article at Aspects of History



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Immortal Valor Publishes Tomorrow

Tomorrow...IMMORTAL VALOR published by Osprey Publishing releases in the USA. It has been an incredible journey writing this #WWII book and I hope you will check it out! HERE

The remarkable story of the seven African American soldiers ultimately awarded the World War II Medal of Honor, and the 50-year campaign to deny them their recognition.

In 1945, when Congress began reviewing the record of the most conspicuous acts of courage by American soldiers during World War II, they recommended awarding the Medal of Honor to 432 recipients. Despite the fact that more than one million African-Americans served, not a single black soldier received the Medal of Honor. The omission remained on the record for over four decades.

But recent historical investigations have brought to light some of the extraordinary acts of valor performed by black soldiers during the war. Men like Vernon Baker, who single-handedly eliminated three enemy machineguns, an observation post, and a German dugout. Or Sergeant Reuben Rivers, who spearhead his tank unit's advance against fierce German resistance for three days despite being grievously wounded. Meanwhile Lieutenant Charles Thomas led his platoon to capture a strategically vital village on the Siegfried Line in 1944 despite losing half his men and suffering a number of wounds himself.

Ultimately, in 1993 a US Army commission determined that seven men, including Baker, Rivers and Thomas, had been denied the Army's highest award simply due to racial discrimination. In 1997, more than 50 years after the war, President Clinton finally awarded the Medal of Honor to these seven heroes, sadly all but one of them posthumously.

These are their stories.

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January Begins Season Two of Point of the Spear

January kicks off Season Two of Point of the Spear and the focus is on the black Medal of Honor recipients of WWII to celebrate my book Immortal Valor, which comes out this month. We have authors coming to the program including Solace Wales and Allene Carter who have also written about the black Medal of Honor recipients. Later in the month we have another narrative special planned Weather and Warfare. Join us as we kick off Season Two of the podcast!




Sunday
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