New book “Great Black War Fighters” profiles men and women promoted to flag rank after segregation was abolished

Nationwide ( — Inspired by President John F. Kennedy’s powerful and Pulitzer Prize winning best-seller book, Profiles in Courage, Ben L. Walton wrote Great Black War Fighters: Profiles in Service. Kennedy’s work (published in 1995), was a volume of short biographies describing acts of bravery and integrity by eight United States senators. Walton’s insightful and unprecedented publication (printed in 2012), is a publication that tells the stories of twenty nine African-American men and women who were promoted to flag rank after President Harry S. Truman abolished segregation in the nation’s armed forces in 1948.

Kennedy’s tomes profiles senators who were motivated to do in the Senate what they felt were right for America, no matter the personal or professional consequences. Walton’s book chronicles phenomenal achievements and remarkable contributions made by black admirals and generals to the defense and national security of the United States for all Americans. Moreover, war fighters who reached the pinnacle of their careers, with stars, against enormous odds.

Walton, a highly decorated retired U.S. Army colonel, is a veteran of wars in Korea (1950-51) and Vietnam. (1968-69). He was one of fourteen exceptional officers nominated to be Army aide to President Richard D. Nixon. During his thirty years in the military, he was both an enlisted man and commissioned officer. For the past twelve years he has been a freelance writer.

Great Black War Fighters (ISBN: 978-1-61897-108-1), with a foreword by Lieutenant General (Ret.) Robert G. Gard, Jr., PhD (former president National Defense University, now chairman Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation), is a 2012 Black History collectible and keepsake.

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