Despite their numbers and their exemplary service, Black servicemen in WWII struggled with harsh realities and limited civil rights. They faced discrimination at every step; Black men were often determined to be unfit for combat and were constantly passed over for promotions. The racism was blatant - in some places, for instance, Black soldiers were denied entrance to restaurants that were providing food to German POWs.
Despite the grim consequences of serving in a world rife with prejudice, Black men and women continued to fight in the conflict with valor. But that fight wasn't easy, particularly for those unfortunate enough to be captured by either Japanese soldiers or members of the Third Reich. WWII changed the world for everyone, including African American soldiers. Their stories paint a picture of devotion to country, even when that country turns its back on you.