|Plot||The 761st Tank Battalion was activated on April 1, 1942, at Camp Claiborne, Louisiana and deployed to Europe, landing at Omaha Beach in France on October 10, 1944. Over the course of 183 days of continuous fighting (including action in the Battle of the Bulge) the "Black Panthers" became the first African-American armored unit to enter combat. With the motto "Come Out Fighting!" they faced racism at home and death overseas in a war for many freedoms they did not enjoy in America.... search for 761st on IMDb|
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|The 761st was the first unit to enlist African-American soldiers to operate armored vehicles. What the Tuskegee Airmen were to the skies, the 761st was to land, as they were requested by General George S. Patton to assist with heavy fighting during the Battle of the Bulge in WWII. The soldiers of the 761st Tank Battalion fought for 183 consecutive days, in six countries, and with great success despite a fifty-percent casualty rate. They were commonly referred to as "Eleanor Roosevelt's Niggers", but proved themselves to be America's Men in what we now call the "Greatest Generation".|
Despite these undeniable accomplishments, the 761st Tank Battalion would not receive their due credit until April 20, 1978 when President Carter issued the Presidential Unit Citation to them. It took 52 years before Staff Sergeant Ruben Rivers would be awarded a posthumous Congressional Medal of Honor (January 13, 1997) in a ceremony presided over by President Clinton.
In "761st", twelve of these great soldiers recount their experience in the United States Army, fighting for a freedom overseas that they did not enjoy in America.
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