East Meadow in Nassau County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
African-American Veterans Memorial
The Tuskegee Airmen
761st Tank Battalion
The Buffalo Soldiers
In grateful tribute to all those
Black servicemen and women who
served so honorably and valiantly
in all of America's wars
from the Revolutionary War to the present
Donated by William B. Thomas Jr.
Erected by William B. Thomas Jr.
Location. 40° 44.018′ N, 73° 34.662′ W. Marker is in East Meadow, New York, in Nassau County. Marker can be reached from Park Boulevard north of County Route 24. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: East Meadow NY 11554, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Jewish War Veterans Memorial (here, next to this marker); Catholic War Veterans Memorial (a few steps from this marker); The Four Immortal Chaplains (a few steps from this marker); Francis Cardinal Spellman (a few steps from this marker); Battle of the Bulge Veterans Memorial (a few steps from this marker); American Legion Auxiliary (a few steps Still on Patrol (within shouting distance of this marker); The Silent Service (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in East Meadow.
More about this marker. The marker is located in Memorial Plaza in Eisenhower Park, on the ride side of the path leading from Parking Lot 6 to the Veterans Memorial Tower.
Also see . . .
1. Tuskegee Airmen History (Tuskegee Airmen Inc.). (Submitted on August 2, 2017.)
2. Tuskegee Airmen (Wikipedia). The Tuskegee Airmen is the popular name of a group of African-American military pilots (fighter and bomber) who fought in World War II. Officially, they formed the 332nd Fighter Group and the 477th Bombardment Group of the United States Army Air Forces. The name also applies to the navigators, bombardiers, mechanics, instructors, crew chiefs, nurses, cooks and other support personnel for the pilots. (Submitted on August 2, 2017.)
3. The 761st Tank Battalion (761st.com). The 761st Tank Battalion was activated on April 1, 1942, at Camp Claiborne, Louisiana, and deployed to Europe, landing at Omaha Beach in France on October 10, 1944. (Submitted on August 2, 2017.)
4. 761st Tank Battalion (United States) (Wikipedia). The 761st Tank Battalion was an independent tank battalion of the United States Army during World War II. The 761st was made up primarily of African-American soldiers, who by federal law were not permitted to serve alongside white troops; the military did not officially desegregate until after World War II. They were known as the "Black Panthers" after their unit's distinctive insignia; their motto was "Come out fighting". The battalion received a Presidential Unit Citation for its actions. In addition, a large number of individual members also received medals, including one Medal of Honor, 11 Silver Stars and about 300 purple hearts. They have been called "one of the most effective tank battalions in World War II." (Submitted on August 2, 2017.)
5. Buffalo Soldier (Wikipedia). Buffalo Soldiers originally were members of the U.S. 10th Cavalry Regiment of the United States Army, formed on September 21, 1866, at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. This nickname was given to the "Negro Cavalry" by the Native American tribes they fought in the Indian Wars. The term eventually became synonymous with all of the African American regiments formed in 1866...Although several African American regiments were raised during the Civil War as part of the (Submitted on August 2, 2017.)
Categories. • African Americans • War, US Revolutionary • War, World II • Wars, US Indian •
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