In the first letter, written February 16, 1943, Finkley praises Governor Sparks for his recent pledge to treat African American citizens fairly: "As a Negro citizen...I offer my congratulations to you for your courageous and democratic pledge,...
In the first letter, written September 15, 1943, McQueen complains to Senator John Bankhead that an executive order at the hospital prevents segregation of the races. While he stresses that African American patients "should, of course, receive just...
The medal was awarded "For heroism and meritorious achievement as a member of the Beach Party of an assault transport during the assault on and capture of Tarawa, Gilbert Islands, 20-24 November, 1943."
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