BOSTON (CBS) – A group of Korean War veterans was honored in South Boston Saturday.
The Korean War’s sixtieth-anniversary committee commemorated the service of the last all African-American military guard unit.
WBZ-TV’s Paul Burton reports.
The 272nd Field Artillery Battalion of Massachusetts, fondly remembered as “The Deuce,” received commendations from Defense Secretary Robert Gates.
Their service came at a time of racial inequality in America. Fifteen African-Americans from ‘The Deuce’ were honored today.
“They put their lives on the line for their country at a time in American history when a black man couldn’t sit down at a decent restaurant and order a hamburger,” Said Korean War Committee Director, Col. David Clark. “America owes an un-repayable debt to all of its African-American veterans.”
In all, more than 100,000 African-Americans served during the Korean War.