Great Black War Fighters: Profiles in Service Revised Edition-2017
This is a reissue of Great Black War Fighters: Profiles in Service that was first published in May 2012. Inspiration to make the volume available again came from the many outstanding reviews found on websites in 2017 about the publication.
Below, for information, is the narrative that appeared on the back cover of the first edition of the book.
Great Black War Fighters: Profiles in Service sets a precedent. No other book has ever been written to meet three documented and validated needs.
One, to inform readers of the phenomenal achievements and remarkable contributions made to the defense and national security of the United States by African-American admirals and generals since President Harry S. Truman signed Executive Order 9981 on July 26, 1948, abolishing segregation in the nation's armed forces.
Two, to captivate, enlighten, and inspire students in training programs such as ROTC, the service academies, and OCS, who upon graduation, will be commissioned as officers in the military. Furthermore, it creates a resource for personnel on active duty or serving in the reserves to read how a group of black officers reached the pinnacle of their career, and doing it against enormous odds.
Three, to produce a collectible, gift or keepsake for former service members, their loved ones and friends, so they can all take pride and be moved by the life stories in this book.
Great Black War Fighters chronicles 29 black flag officers from among the 250 researched for the work.
Ben L. Walton retired from the U.S. Army in November 1978 after serving 30 years, rising in rank from private to colonel. Following separation, he began a second career as an administrative services executive in the public and private sectors. While active, he received official certification from five national professional associations. Subsequently, in 2000 he became a freelance writer. To date, he has written hundreds of essays on a multitude of subjects that have appeared in periodicals throughout the U.S. Furthermore, he is the author of two books: How to Be a Daily Winner and My Writings: Personal Essays.