We end Black History month with the 761st Tank Battalion. The Battallion operated under General George S. Patton. Also known as the Black Panthers, they were the first Black group of tankers to fight in the American Army. Amid great prejudice and attempted set backs such as segration and delayed deoployment, the men still dedicated their lives to serving our country and helping to save people from concentration camps in Germany. Their misssions led them across Europe begnining with France in 1944.
The battalion was known for giving their all and finishing their missions with many of the soldiers giving their lives so that others could retreat to safety to live and fight another day. One member, Staff Sergeant Ruben Rivers continued to operate a tank and fight with a leg that was injured and unrepairable. He died in battle. In 1997 he was awarded a Medal of Honor is 1997.
The 761st Tank Battalion gusto to serve and fight tactics made way at Battle of the Bulge for the U.S. 4TH Armored Division to gain access into Germany. The men in the battalion gave their lives, many unto their deaths while in battle. The motto of the tankers was "Come Out Fighting." You can download the book by going to www.761st.com -click on "History" and then select "Come Out Fighting" from the menu.
Watch this video to learn more about the 761st Tanker Battalion. Be sure to tune into KZKO the Vibe with DJ Kenny 6 on Fridays at 5:30pm.