The struggle for equality is as old as the nation itself. Each marginalized demographic has fought to achieve the opportunity for self-determination as guaranteed by the Constitution. The American military has contributed as much to the notion of American exceptionalism as American leaders of industry and American artisans.
Since 1776 the U.S. military has established a proven track record of winning America’s wars- the standard by which all militaries are judged. When called upon to do the nation’s bidding in combat or on field of competition, the U.S. military
has been second to none. One of the unique aspects of combat is that rarely are Americans more equal than when thrust into harm’s way. It has been said, “There are no atheists in fox holes.” Similarly, racism, sexism, and homophobia quickly go by the wayside when things get real. Yet for the 19th century and half of the 20th century,
America’s military policies regarding the use of manpower can best be described as an awkward attempt to balance the requirement to win America’s wars with the desire to support the socio-political caste system that relegated black Americans to second-class citizenship. President Harry Truman signed Executive Order 9981 on July 26, 1948 and cast the U.S. military as an unlikely champion for inclusion and equality of opportunity. Today, some of this progress is under direct threat. For as far as America has come, we still have work to do for Truman’s vision of equality of opportunity to become a reality for all Americans. Join me in this thought-provoking narrative that honors the brave American military pioneers, black, white, brown, male and female, straight and gay.
Join the conversation that challenges us all to continue the push for a better expression of America.
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Troy Mosley is a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel and 20-year veteran. His views have been shaped by his experiences leading troops, and growing up in the 80s in an upper middle class, predominately white, southern community. He is a graduate of Florida A&M University and holds a Master’s of Health Administration from Baylor University.
A world war II veteran, having served first in the old Florida State Guard attaining
the rank of sergeant. Called to active duty in the army he served in the Aleutians.
Upon returning to the States his last duty station was at Fort Robinson, Nebraska.
He recently retired after 60 plus years as an engineering technician, draftsman, designer and engineering project manager for a number of consulting engineering firms.
Jim has, for over 65 years, ministered in a number of Baptist churches serving as a deacon, teacher and Bible study leader. He is presently teaching a men’s Bible class each Sunday, as well as a mid week study group.
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An Odyssey of Flying Combat with the 493rd Bomb Group, 8th Air Force in 1944
World War II was the ultimate experience for all those who participated in it. Many of my friends have asked me through the years to put on paper what I experienced as a bomber pilot in the Eighth Air Force flying out of England. I do not think that the missions I flew were extraordinary in any way but at the age of 87 I thought if I was ever going to do this I must get on with the program. I hope you enjoy and understand my own lingo, as I am by no means a professional writer. I only wish that I had started earlier and could have taken advantage of the memories of my many friends who are no longer with us. As many have said before me, it was the greatest time of my life but given the choice I would never do it again.