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Introduction
 
By the time World War II erupted in 1939 black volunteers were accepted in large numbers into the armed forces. By the end of the war several thousand were serving in the Army in non-segregated units including commissioned officers in both the Army and the Royal Canadian Air Force. Many African-Canadians received commendations for bravery and conduct.
 
WWII Veterans Lt. Col. Kenneth Jacobs and Jim Watson receive recognition at the Emancipation Awards Gala
 
Dedication services for ‘Tablets of Memory’ to the 105 Patterson students killed in WWII – Windsor Star 12/11/1947

WWII Veterans Lt. Col. Kenneth Jacobs and Jim Watson, Q.C. receive recognition at the Emancipation Awards Gala, Photo Courtesy of the Windsor Star August 5, 1997
 

Dedication services for ‘Tablets of Memory’ to the 105 Patterson students killed in WWII – Windsor Star 12/11/1947
 
2005 is the Year of the Veteran. For more information on African Canadian men and women from the region who served their country in conflict overseas please visit our Tribute to Windsor Veterans of WWII. The following newspaper articles from the McCurdy Collection at the Archives of Ontario also provide a glimpse of military life. For a more indepth look at the military careers of select individuals in the community please visit our Military Profiles.
 
Windsor soldier  Lac DeShield of 61 Elliot St. E. returns from duty.
 
Windsor native and sports legend Fred Thomas gets his wings following RCAF flight training in Ottawa
 
Lloyd Watkins (RCAF) of Windsor meets stars from Jack Benny’s troupe
 
PVT. R. S. Scott

Articles courtesy of the Windsor Star found in the McCurdy Collection in
the Archives of Ontario. Click each photo to read news
 
Veterans List
 
The names on this list appear courtesy of The North American Black Historical Museum. Click here to see the list.
 
Tribute to Windsor Veterans of WWII
 
"Today, we ask a new generation of Canadians to surrender their time, volunteer their hearts, and take one year to fully remember a century of sacrifice. That year is 2005 - The Year of the Veteran." - Albina Guarnieri, Minister of Veterans Affairs. Click here to see the details.
 
Letters Home
 
Click here to read the letters.
 
United States Armed Forces
 
Many young men and women from the Windsor area held dual citizenship in both Canada and the United States at the time of World War II. A number of individuals chose to join the United States Armed Forces and served duty overseas as part of the American contingent. Here are but a few examples:

Pte. Leonard Christian, served in the U.S. Army

Pte. Herman Jacobs, 3109 Q.M. Service Company, U.S. Armed Forces, served in
Germany and France

Sgt. James E. Roberts, 3260th Q.M. Company, U.S. Armed Forces, served in the
Philippines

Sgt. Roy W. Roberts, 608th Port Company, U.S. Armed Forces, served in New
Guinea and the Philippines

 
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