African American soldiers of 4046th Quartermaster Truck Company (colored unit) inspect a German Focke-Wulf 190 fighter (and probably also search for souvenirs) in a bombed out aircraft factory in Oschersleben, Sachsen-Anhalt, April 1945.
The town was a major target for Allied strategic bombing raids due to the AGO Fluzeugwerke A.G. aircraft factory, which was a major producer of German Bf109s and later Fw190s.
The Quartermaster Corps provided essential logistical support for the Allied war effort. They were responsible for transporting and distributing crucial supplies like water, fuel, food, and clothing. They were utilized for salvage collection, repair and even bathing and laundry services. They also oversaw the grim task of grave registration and burial. Imagine the logistical nightmare of collecting, identifying, transporting and burying tens of thousands of death soldiers and organizing cemeteries..
More than 16 million Americans served in the armed forces during the war, but fewer than a million ever saw serious combat. It’s often forgotten that the majority of men overseas were in essential supportive roles, like these soldiers. The infantry represented just 14% of the troops.
Sammy Davis Jr is a personal hero of mine and quite possibly the greatest entertainer of ALL TIME. Born in Harlem, A child prodigy of the will mastin trio. He could sing, dance, act, do comedy. And did them all well. He was a member of the LEGENDARY Rat Pack, had public relationships with white women (back when it wasn't OK), lost an eye, converted to Judaism and All the while was fighting racism. He was a VOCAL supporter of the civil rights movement and I wish everyone knew more about him. Do check out his stuff on YouTube and read about him. The true definition of black excellence. Ney. Excellence. RIP Sammy 🙏. Your work truly touched and inspired me. 🐐🐐🐐
MLK 👑 Rest in Glorious Power🌠 🌍January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968🚀
7 True facts that you may not know about Dr Martin Luther King Jr
1) King’s birth name was Michael, not Martin.
The civil rights leader was born Michael King Jr. on January 15, 1929. In 1934, however, his father traveled to Germany and became inspired by the Protestant Reformation leader Martin Luther. As a result, King Sr. changed his own name as well as that of his 5-year-old son.
2) According to the King Center, the civil rights leader went to jail nearly 30 times.
3) In 1956, the King’s home was bombed, in response to his involvement with the Montgomery Bus Boycott the year before. Though his wife and first born daughter were home at the time, no one, thankfully, was injured.
4) He escaped an assassination attempt a decade before his death. On September 20, 1958, King was in Harlem signing copies of his new book, “Stride Toward Freedom,” in Blumstein’s department store when he was approached by Izola Ware Curry. The woman asked if he was Martin Luther King Jr. After he said yes, Curry said, “I’ve been looking for you for five years,” and she plunged a seven-inch letter opener into his chest.
5) He was under surveillance by the FBI for years
6) Though he died at only age 39, medical autopsy revealed that his heart was like a 60 yr. old, thought mostly to be due to stress.
7) Dr. King was the author of many books and famous speeches. He is known as one of the greatest communicators of all time. It is known that one of his most memorable speeches, I Have a Dream, was improvised at the end when he left the prepared text in response to gospel singer Mahalia Jackson’s cry, “Tell them about the dream Martin”
Facts researched by Yah kwesi on facebook.
Video by MRo and Song by Roy Ayers - Holiday🎼 .. a tribute to the MLK