NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The curator at a historic society in Upper Manhattan is in search of a new place to store and display memorabilia documenting the story of the Harlem Hellfighters.
As CBS 2’s Lou Young reported, retired U.S. Army Gen. Nathaniel James has his memories sorted, stacked, and boxed waiting for a new home.
The artifacts and photos honor the 369th Infantry Regiment – known popularly the Harlem Hellfighters. The storied unit first earned glory in World War I, even though the segregated U.S. military tried to keep the unit away from the front lines.
“They fought under the French Army,” James explained.
The Hellfighters later became a coastal artillery unit, and then a logistics supply brigade. Their home was at the New York National Guard Armory at Fifth Avenue and 142nd Street.
And while the Army is now fully integrated, the history of the unit is precious…
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There was a time in our lives,
Or there should have been,
When all the armour you needed,
Was the full body armour –
Of your parents shirts.
Life is meant to be safe when you put on
Your mom or dad’s shirt.
And it covers you fully.
You can smell them when you bury your nose in it.
You can pretend to be your dad.
And look handsome in his shirt.
Or it can be a perfect dress to twirl and dance in.
You can be a princess or a fork lift driver.
You can be what ever you want when you’re this little.
And you might change your mind in five minutes.
Because you are fully protected in your armour.
And your imagination.
It’s a perfect cocoon
For Saturday morning cartoons
And not having to deal with the world.
Life would be wonderful –
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Sweet Baby Adalyn is about to turn 1yrs old! She is a strong little girl surrounded by a loving family through her first year of life which unfortunately has been filled with medical issues and hospital stays. I am so blessed to have been able to help make her first birthday a memorable one!
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