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(LA Times)   The first Black Marines who trained in segregated camps and fought in WWII as second-class citizens finally got their Congressional Gold Medals today. Who's awesome? THEY'RE awesome   (latimes.com ) divider line
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2012-06-28 01:47:03 AM  
At least we're truly a color blind society now
 
2012-06-28 01:57:41 AM  
I watched the ceremony today on my lunch break. It was inspirational and emotional.
 
2012-06-28 02:16:13 AM  
I might have cried a little.
 
2012-06-28 02:24:55 AM  
From the photo, is it just me or do old black men not really age past gray hair? He could be 50.

Yes, they are awesome. +1 . They are heroes in my mind.
 
2012-06-28 03:41:15 AM  
Took until 2012 for it to happen.

Isn't America awesome?
 
2012-06-28 03:41:36 AM  
Some of the services weren't always segregated...


Somewhere around 1928-1930 (USCG):
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Somewhere around 1941 or 1942 (USCG/USN):
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They even treated their black cats as equals (1928 USCGC Raritan):
i461.photobucket.com
 
2012-06-28 03:46:12 AM  
Thank you for your service, boy.
 
2012-06-28 03:48:02 AM  
Semper fi!
 
2012-06-28 03:56:25 AM  
damn skippy
 
2012-06-28 03:57:55 AM  
Two of the guys are local and co-grand-marshalling the local Independence Day parade.

/Go Oceanside!
 
2012-06-28 04:09:39 AM  
Did they deserve them? or was it a PC thing. The first "black" Marines served in the 1700's.
 
2012-06-28 04:14:23 AM  

borg: Did they deserve them? or was it a PC thing. The first "black" Marines served in the 1700's.



Obviously they only received the medals because of affirmative action
 
2012-06-28 04:25:17 AM  
Admiral Perry sailed into Tokyo Harbor in 1854 with a black Marine to greet the Japanese, which freaked them out a bit, not having seen one before.
 
2012-06-28 04:28:02 AM  
I thought black marines couldn't swim?
 
2012-06-28 04:30:27 AM  
So they got the medal why?
 
2012-06-28 04:41:17 AM  

Cubansaltyballs: Some of the services weren't always segregated...


Somewhere around 1928-1930 (USCG):
[i461.photobucket.com image 640x475]

Somewhere around 1941 or 1942 (USCG/USN):
[i461.photobucket.com image 640x484]

They even treated their black cats as equals (1928 USCGC Raritan):
[i461.photobucket.com image 640x501]


From what I remember in History-101 President Woodrow Wilson re-segregated/more strictly segregated the military just before WWI.
 
2012-06-28 04:59:19 AM  

Phoenix_M: Cubansaltyballs: Some of the services weren't always segregated...


Somewhere around 1928-1930 (USCG):
[i461.photobucket.com image 640x475]

Somewhere around 1941 or 1942 (USCG/USN):
[i461.photobucket.com image 640x484]

They even treated their black cats as equals (1928 USCGC Raritan):
[i461.photobucket.com image 640x501]

From what I remember in History-101 President Woodrow Wilson re-segregated/more strictly segregated the military just before WWI.


Not sure about that, but the Coast Guard wasn't technically military. They reported to the Treasury dept until WWI and were transferred to the Navy, where they were needed. Then after the war, they went back to Treasury... And then back to the Navy for WWII.

During the time the 1920s, that particular Coast Guard crew was chasing rum runners in NY harbor at night, and escorting dignitaries through customs by day. During WWII they hunted U-boats at night, and helped resupply destroyers and frigates on their way east by day.
 
2012-06-28 05:05:12 AM  

DoctorOfLove: Admiral Perry sailed into Tokyo Harbor in 1854 with a black Marine to greet the Japanese, which freaked them out a bit, not having seen one before.


You'd think they'd have noticed their own harbor was there before Perry sailed into it. Of course Japanese people have smaller eyes so it's possible they missed it.
 
2012-06-28 05:05:18 AM  
Old Boner looks like he REALLY doesn't want to be there and is gonna burst out in tears at any moment.
 
2012-06-28 05:13:03 AM  

Major-General: So they got the medal why?


Because they fought just like the white Marines did only they did it while black. It's like Obama's Nobel Peace Prize. First black anythings all get medals. I'm sure it's written down somewhere. In other news George Lucas just figured out the storyline for his next self financed flop.
 
2012-06-28 05:13:07 AM  
"Congress has awarded gold medals to the Tuskegee Airmen; Navajo Code Talkers; Women Airforce Service Pilots, or WASPs; and Japanese American members of the 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and the Military Intelligence Service."

Cool, anyone not a white male gets a gold medal for not being a white male.
 
2012-06-28 05:15:26 AM  

Phoenix_M:
From what I remember in History-101 President Woodrow Wilson re-segregated/more strictly segregated the military just before WWI.

To be entirely frank, Wilson was a bit of an asshole who was always secretly pissed off that the South lost the Civil War because it meant he could never be president of the CSA.
 
2012-06-28 05:18:08 AM  
i911.photobucket.com
 
2012-06-28 05:18:29 AM  
aswinindraprastha.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-06-28 05:43:58 AM  
m1.img.libdd.com
 
2012-06-28 05:55:05 AM  

Major-General: So they got the medal why?


I don't know but it's pretty farked up when your friends of the majority race(hate using the term race) say "You're not like the rest of them" hits hard
 
2012-06-28 06:02:20 AM  

Dadoody: [m1.img.libdd.com image 640x514]


farm2.static.flickr.com

On June 2, C Company moved to capture Hill 543 near the village of Chipo-ri.[n 2] The hill was protected by heavily entrenched Chinese infantry as well as mortars at the top of the hill. During their first attempt to advance up the hill, the company took heavy casualties, and the 3rd Platoon leader was mortally wounded. Charlton took command of the platoon and reorganized it for another attack.[2] Heavy fire eventually forced the company back down the hill.[5]
Three times, Charlton led the platoon up the hill, in the face of intense Chinese mortars and infantry fire. In spite of mounting casualties, the platoon made slow progress. Charlton single-handedly destroyed two Chinese positions and killed six Chinese soldiers with rifle fire and grenades. During one advance, Charlton was wounded in the chest, but he refused medical treatment and pushed the company forward.[2] Charlton continued to lead the attack from the front of the platoon, and several times was separated from the unit.[5] Subsequent accounts noted Charlton continued the advance "holding his chest wound with one hand and an M1 carbine with the other."[7]
Under Charlton's leadership, the platoon managed to overcome the Chinese infantry positions, but it spotted a Chinese bunker on the far side of the top of the hill, where the Chinese mortars were firing on them. As recounted by Private First Class Ronald Holmes, one of the men in the platoon, Charlton decided to destroy the bunker, and with his last known words, "Let's go," he urged the platoon forward, charging at the front of the formation ahead of the rest of the soldiers.[5] In one final action, Charlton advanced alone to the top of the hill and the location of the Chinese mortars, firing repeatedly on the emplacement there. The Chinese troops wounded Charlton one final time with a grenade, but he continued firing until the position was destroyed. Charlton subsequently died from the wounds inflicted by the grenade.[8] However, he is credited with saving much of his platoon, which had been under heavy fire from the mortars.[5]
 
2012-06-28 06:17:17 AM  
And this is important because they served their country... hrm no... it's because of their race.

Which makes this a racist thread.

/bye
 
2012-06-28 06:27:20 AM  

ununcle: "Congress has awarded gold medals to the Tuskegee Airmen; Navajo Code Talkers; Women Airforce Service Pilots, or WASPs; and Japanese American members of the 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and the Military Intelligence Service."

Cool, anyone not a white male gets a gold medal for not being a white male.


Not quite. They awarded a single medal to each of these groups. The members of the groups didn't get medals, the group itself got the medal. According to Wiki, it's a civilian medal for outstanding deeds for the country. So, as a group, they get a medal for helping pioneer integration. Or something.
 
2012-06-28 06:32:01 AM  

Smoking GNU: Old Boner looks like he REALLY doesn't want to be there and is gonna burst out in tears at any moment.


I was thinking the same thing. Looks like he'd rather be somewhere else.
 
2012-06-28 06:35:40 AM  
Yep, leave it to Farkers to fail to RTFA and decide it's racism in action when it's really amending racism of the past.

Big damn heroes, those men.
 
2012-06-28 06:40:17 AM  
Huzzah.

Now let's give them to the nisei like my late grandfather who fought for this country in WWII even though their loyalty was questioned at home (i.e. the internees, like my grandmother). That, in my opinion, took much more courage.

/these guys were heroes, no doubt about it. not trying to take anything away from their perseverance against such ugliness.
//my dad talks about how when he went to the Naval Academy, his classmates were predominantly white, which made the fact that the stewards in the mess hall were all black and filipino stand out that much more.
 
2012-06-28 07:04:27 AM  
Congrats, they deserve it.

/Off topic I was hoping for some more 'you're awesome' / Thank you images. The girls in accounting love the beagle when they've done me a favor, but It's getting old.
//giggity that sounds dirty.
 
MBK [TotalFark]
2012-06-28 07:07:51 AM  
I love "Wahh, I'm white and I'm oppressed" threads.

These Marines got their medals because the proved that even though the country enslaved them, considered them property, considered them 3/5ths of a human being, hated them, feared them, disrespected them, treated them like shiat, made them second-class citizens, and generally didn't want them in the country, they still fought, killed, and died for their country.

So fark you haters. Go back to your Stormfront message boards and talk about how the black guy at the store whistled at your wife and how badly you want to teach him a lesson.
 
2012-06-28 07:15:56 AM  

Gasconne: Yep, leave it to Farkers to fail to RTFA and decide it's racism in action when it's really amending racism of the past.

Big damn heroes, those men.


When ever you see colored people getting something that a fat, ugly, balding, short-dicked white boy didn't get, you just know it's affirmative action.
And that's racist.
Let's face it - there's no way these boys were taking all that welfare, committing 98% of society's crime, and raping all the white women, and still had time to fight in a war. It's another liberal hoax.
Welcome to Obama's America, where the White man is victim.
Best part - forever!
 
2012-06-28 07:18:25 AM  

Unoriginal_Username: Smoking GNU: Old Boner looks like he REALLY doesn't want to be there and is gonna burst out in tears at any moment.

I was thinking the same thing. Looks like he'd rather be somewhere else.


Handing out honors to black men angers a sizable part of his party's constituency - it doen't help him politically to be there.
 
2012-06-28 07:19:52 AM  
Boehner really looks elated to be handing out the award:

www.trbimg.com

Maybe the Speaker is thinking: "Gee, this guy has the same skin tone I do. I must ask him what he uses after this is over."

Oh, and to the black Marines -- Semper Fi!
 
2012-06-28 07:20:24 AM  
I work in the buildings they used to live in. In fact I'm posting this from one of those buildings.
 
2012-06-28 07:39:28 AM  
www.trbimg.com

Boehner: Couldn't Maxine Waters have done this?
 
2012-06-28 07:40:46 AM  

MBK:
These Marines got their medals because the proved that even though the country enslaved them, considered them property, considered them 3/5ths of a human being...


I have serious doubts any of these things happened to any of the individuals in question.
 
2012-06-28 07:40:58 AM  
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Unavailable for comment.
 
MBK [TotalFark]
2012-06-28 07:57:09 AM  

Click Click D'oh: MBK:
These Marines got their medals because the proved that even though the country enslaved them, considered them property, considered them 3/5ths of a human being...

I have serious doubts any of these things happened to any of the individuals in question.


Do you want to know how shiatty things were for black people in the 1930s/40s? Jesse Owens was treated better in Nazi Germany than he was in the United States of America. Think about that for a second. A black man was allowed to stay at the same hotels as whites in Germany. He wasn't allowed the same treatment back here.

So fark you. Let us honor these men for their bravery in the face of how much America HATED them and feared them.

But I get it, you don't like black people.

Just say it. You'll feel a lot better.
 
2012-06-28 08:02:03 AM  

Bucky Katt: At least we're truly a color blind society now


Sarcasm?
 
2012-06-28 08:04:37 AM  
They are being rewarded with a civilian medal?
 
2012-06-28 08:23:10 AM  

MBK: I love "Wahh, I'm white and I'm oppressed" threads.

These Marines got their medals because the proved that even though the country enslaved them, considered them property, considered them 3/5ths of a human being, hated them, feared them, disrespected them, treated them like shiat, made them second-class citizens, and generally didn't want them in the country, they still fought, killed, and died for their country.

So fark you haters. Go back to your Stormfront message boards and talk about how the black guy at the store whistled at your wife and how badly you want to teach him a lesson.


This.

Semper Fi, and thanks. It's about time.
 
2012-06-28 08:26:30 AM  
I for one thank them (and all who wear/wore the uniform) for their service.

Blacks were treated horrendously in the past as part of official Government policy (mostly established by Dems).

I don't think we have (as a asociety) overcome the stupidity of racism - but at least it is individual stupid people that are racist now - and not offcial Government policy.

Good on 'em for serving - give 'em the damn medal and move on people.
 
2012-06-28 08:32:35 AM  

theknuckler_33: Boehner: Couldn't Maxine Waters have done this?


Not and maintain any sense of dignity. That woman is nuts.
 
2012-06-28 08:33:46 AM  
At times like this, I wish I had signed on the dotted line all those years ago just so I could properly salute these men... I'll have to settle for raising my coffee cup in a toast.


BTW - these Marines aren't black - they are a very dark green.
 
2012-06-28 08:38:19 AM  

Click Click D'oh: MBK:
These Marines got their medals because the proved that even though the country enslaved them, considered them property, considered them 3/5ths of a human being...

I have serious doubts any of these things happened to any of the individuals in question.


Your doubts just show your ignorance. My parents moved to Geogia from Illinois in the late 40's, right after my dad got out of the Navy from WWII & they married. They stayed for his work for about a year, but my mother refused to start a family there. She said almost every weekend the white men went out a lynched a black man or raped a black woman, then bragged about it all week long. The lynchings made the newspapers, so she saw confirmation of that, but the rapes went unreported.
 
2012-06-28 08:38:47 AM  
www.trbimg.com

Looks like the jarhead is playing grabass, and Boehner's not sure if he likes it or not.
 
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