Seventy-five years later, the Netherlands honors the ‘Black Liberators’ who helped end the Nazi occupation

Seventy-five years later, the Netherlands honors the ‘Black Liberators’ who helped end the Nazi occupation
On December 25, 1944 – Christmas Day – Cpl. James Baldwin and the 784th Tank Battalion landed in Soissons, France, to fight in the Allied liberation of Nazi-occupied Europe.

The 19-year-old Baldwin, of tiny Wagram, North Carolina, had entered the service two years earlier through the U.S. Army Specialized Training Program (ASTP), which was created “to ensure a continuous flow of technically and professionally trained men” for the war effort. He had qualified for the program by achieving high marks on the Army General Classification Test, but when the program was suspended, Baldwin found himself in the regular army and headed into combat.

Read the full article on Military Times

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