Being a soldier in the middle of an ongoing war is already hard enough. Being an African American soldier in the United States, in the middle of the raging World War 2, is much harder. Despite the difficulty of being segregated and discriminated against, these African American soldiers still gave it their best and fought and died with the Americans, rendering a “separate but equal” service to the country.
Photojournalist Charles “Teenie” Harris documents the lives of many African American soldiers during World War 2. Check them out over at Smithsonian.