Honoring Sergeant Carter: A Family's Journey to Uncover the Truth About an American Hero

Honoring Sergeant Carter: A Family's Journey to Uncover the Truth About an American Hero

by Allene Carter, Robert L Allen


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Allene Carter's father-in-law was a decorated veteran. Yet it was not until the Carter family received a call from the White House that she discovered he was a heroic force in the Rhineland campaign. President Clinton awarded the Medal of Honor to several black soldiers who served in World War II. Sergeant Edward A. Carter Jr. was among the recipients. Shocked to learn the extent of Carter's service, Allene was determined to uncover both the truth about her father-in-law's wartime record and why his official recognition was so long in coming.

Here is the story not only of Sergeant Carter but also of his family's fight to restore his honor. Theirs is a journey that takes them from local veterans organizations to the office of the president and front pages of the national media. An important piece of American history, Honoring Sergeant Carter is an enduring story of determination and family love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060936730
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/20/2004
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 1,218,336
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Allene G. Carter is a self-taught researcher and union activist who has been featured in a number of media outlets, including U.S. News & World Report, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times. She lives in Los Angeles, California.

Robert L. Allen is the author of The Port Chicago Mutiny (Amistad 1993) and co-editor of Brotherman (35,000 hc net), which won the American Book Award. Allen is a professor of African American and Ethnic Studies at the University of California at Berkeley and is an editor of The Black Scholar. He lives in San Francisco, CA.

What People are Saying About This

Joseph Galloway

“Fascinating....What the Army and Government did in secret to a black American war hero...is chilling.”

Gail Buckley

“An extraordinary story...that every American should know.”

Howard Zinn

“The story of Sergeant Eddie Carter reveals the racism during a war presumed to be for freedom and equality.”

Robert Kerrey

“Important and inspiring....It should be required reading for all Americans who value truth.”

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