Bougainville Island-The Road Back written by me David Rogers soon to be published and distributed worldwide by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers Oct 2011.
This is a historical fiction-non-fiction account which represents African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, Native and Asian-Americans as soldiers in a U.S Army Infantry Division during the second world war.
The year is 1944. The United States is one of the many allied nations that is involved in a world war in against aggression. After three years, the United States Marine Corps has engaged in countless upon countless battles against the Imperial Japanese Armies which have scattered their garrisons from the main island of Japan to the many tropical islands throughout the Pacific.
After the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Imperial Japan declared war on the United States and Great Britain. The next day U.S Congress prepared a document thus declaring war on Imperial Japan and Nazi Germany. This document was confirmed and signed by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
At this time, many American minorities of men and women enlisted in the U.S Armed forces hoping that they would be able to get a chance to do their part as a serviceman to preserve the freedom of the United States.
Many black battalions were formed, infantry battalions, tank battalions, artillery battalions etc. However, a majority of these battalions never saw action overseas. At the time, the U.S War Department felt that black battalions were disciplined enough to carry out their duties in hostile areas overseas.
It was one day when the first lady Eleanor Roosevelt paid a visit to the Tuskeegee Air Base in Tuskeegee, Alabama to check on the progress of the training of the black pilots of the Tuskeegee Fighting 99th Squadron. She requested to take a test flight with one of the black pilots, at first she was urged not to because the white high ranking air officers saw this as a very dangerous experiment. But since she was the first lady of the President of the United States, she demanded to take the test flight with the black pilot.
When the test flight was over, the first lady was highly impressed with the way that the black pilot had handled the aircraft. She had called her husband and told him that black people do have what it takes to help out in this war campaign, she told her husband to do what it takes to send black battalions overseas.