War and Memory
1:00 am
Thu July 4, 2013

Black soldiers drove 'Red Ball' to victory

Many African-American soldiers who wanted combat duty in World War II were denied that role. But the role they were given proved invaluable.

Fannin Garrett of Emory was one of many Northeast Texans who served in the supply line known as the "Red Ball Highway" or the "Red Ball Express."

Fannin Garrett of Emory was one of many soldiers who served on the "Red Ball Express," as explained by old newsreel audio and the National World War II Museum's Collin Makamson. (Mark Haslett/KETR)

This feature was made possible by the archives of the East Texas War and Memory Project, an interdisciplinary collaboration at Texas A&M University-Commerce.

Online-only audio

National World War II Museum's Collin Makamson discusses the Red Ball Express:

National World War II Museum's Collin Makamson discusses the Red Ball Express.

National World War II Museum's Collin Makamson discusses the museum in New Orleans:

National World War II Museum's Collin Makamson discusses the museum in New Orleans.

Links

African-Americans in the U.S. Army

African-Americans in World War II: Legacy of Patriotism and Valor

African-Americans in Texas

East Texas War and Memory Project

East Texas War and Memory Project on Facebook