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Document Details


Title: Joseph Edward Brown
Local code: AFC/2001/001/687
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress
Collection: Veterans History Project
Description: Drafted by the Army twice, Joseph Brown had two widely disparate experiences in the military. He graduated from high school in June 1945 and went into the Army during the final days of World War II, suffering degrading conditions at a Texas base where he and other blacks were subject to inferior accommodations. In 1950, he was called to serve again in Korea, but this time, he was assigned to an elite unit and attended leadership school. Because Brown had been a pre-med student in college, he was asked to supervise a medical unit; he even had some white soldiers under his command. In only five years, the Army had changed, moving, in Brown’s view, more quickly to integrate its ranks than the civilian world.
Original Language: English
Video: [Video available]
Speaker: Brown, Joseph Edward, 1926-
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 14-Nov-1926
Speaker place of birth: District of Columbia; United States; North America
Speaker race: Black
Speaker occupation: Military personnel
Document date: Undated
Organizations discussed: U.S. Army
Historical events discussed: Korean Conflict, 1950-1953
Locations discussed: Asia; Korea; North America; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: African American soldiers; Asia; Korea; Korean Conflict, 1950-1953; Korean War, 1950-1953--Personal narratives, American; Korean War, 1950-1953--Veterans; North America; Oral history; U.S. Army; United States; United States--Armed Forces
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0031621-34782