Honoring Sergeant Carter
A Family's Journey to Uncover the Truth about an American Hero
Publication Date: January 2004
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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.
“Extraordinary. Packed with jewels of America’s diverse racial and cultural history too often hidden from view.”
“A well-grounded expose.”
“The story of Sergeant Eddie Carter reveals the racism during a war presumed to be for freedom and equality.”
“An extraordinary story...that every American should know.”
-Gail Buckley, author of American Patriots
“Important and inspiring....It should be required reading for all Americans who value truth.”
-Robert Kerrey, author of When I Was a Young Man and President of the New School
“Fascinating....What the Army and Government did in secret to a black American war hero...is chilling.”
-Joseph Galloway, co-author of We Were Soldiers Once...and Young