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Taylor County African American World War II Veterans

Taylor County African American World War II Veterans

By Andrew L. Penns, Pastor and Historian

 

 

 

Although many of the Abilene Taylor County African American men andwomen who made the supreme sacrifice in World War II may not have serveddirectly in “D” company, they still made a lasting record of contribution. TheAfrican American veterans of Taylor County who served their country in allparts of the world fought shoulder to shoulder with others to bring victory toour armed forces. It has been very unfortunate that the African American veterans ofWorld War II Abilene Taylor County have never completely received fullrecognition for the support they gave. With segregation as prevalent as it wasin the ‘40s though the late ‘60s, these American soldiers returned to AbileneTaylor County mostly unknown. Many of these African American veterans, who hadties to Abilene in many way, continued to live here throughout their lives.{{more}}Some attended the Abilene colored schools, later named Carter G. Woodsonelementary school and Carter G. Woodson high school. Others moved from othercities, married, and raised their families with children attending the sameschools. However, many of the Abilene Taylor County African America World War IIveterans have passed from thisWT 2/c William Warner Brown, USS Hurt . In Service 1943 to 1946;overseas. He was awarded Victory, AP, 1 silver, 4 Bronze Stars, PL, 2 stars,AT, and GCM. He was born in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1923 and was a truckdriver prior to service. Information courtesy of Fighting Men of World WarII…Taylor County Edition. life. Their contributions to this city, Abilene,Texas, and their country will not continue to go unnoticed. This Veteran’s Day,we honor those Abilene Taylor County African Americans who yet still live andare alive. Also, others who fought bravely: Carl Ulysses Carrington, the firstblack man of Taylor County killed in actions; and William Warner Brown whoreceived 1 silver star, 4 bronze stars and other awards.