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WW2 atrocities right in our country
Reviewed in the United States on January 1, 2019
It's have read several accounts of Imperial Japanese atrocities against US prisoners of war. Among other things, our POWs were forced to perform dangerous hard labor, loading war materials onto Japanese ships. They were also forced to do cleaning tasks within Japanese prison camps. The POWs were frequently beaten and starved, and executed.
At the same time, US sailors were being forced to load dangerous war materials into US ships. And were being forced into cleaning tasks. These were not part of the enemies; they were loyal US sailors. But they were African-American. At the time, the US Navy was racially segregated. African-American sailors were not allowed to serve on ships other than for cleaning duties. On the shore, they were limited to carry dangerous bomb materials onto ships. There was an accident and 300 sailors all forced to do this dangerous job, were killed. Surviving sailors in this racially segregated squad were forced back into this hazardous job. Some refused and ended up in prison where they werr ordered to do "hard labor." And it was true prison hard labor
But beause of these sailors standing up for justice President Truman ordered all armed services to be desegregated . These were brave sailors fighting for their human rights.