Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The Freeman Field Mutiny

On the last post I mentioned meeting Lt. Col. James C. Warren. He was directly involved in the Freeman Field Mutiny.
In my new historical fiction, She Built Ships During WWII, a black woman welder is married to a Tuskegee airman who is in the Freeman Field Mutiny.
Here's the history:
There were two officers' clubs at the Freeman Field Indiana Army base. A black officer's club, which was quite run-down, and a nice white officer's club. The black officer's wanted to test the Army regulation stating,  all buildings are open to all officers regardless of race.
162 black officers were arrested when they tried to enter the white officers club. Three were court-marshaled, one convicted and dishonorably discharged. He received a pardon in 1995.
The blacks/African-Americans during WWII fought for a double victory; the war against racism here and the war for the United States overseas.
The mutiny is regarded as an important step towards full integration of the armed forces.

1 comment:

  1. Stan Richardson - stanrichardson909@hotmail.comOctober 22, 2010 at 6:42 AM

    “There are many stories being told today about the supposedly "successful integration of blacks in the military accomplished" yet, one never hears of all the continued subtle hostility that the whites feel for them.

    Keep up the good work, Jeane

    Stan Richardson - Author of "Growing Up in a Foxhole: 1944-1946