Why are there no people of color?

Not to sound sensitive or take away from the work. I actually really enjoyed the firs installment of "The Pacific." It just drives me a little crazy that these epic war themed shows and movies never have ANY people of color. Did we not fight in WWII? Or were we all just cooks?

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Mar 15, 2010 1:47AM EDT

You know back before the war broke out I was a saucier in San Antone. I bet I could collar up some of them greens, yeah, some crawfish out the paddy, yo'! Ha! I'm makin' some crabapples for dessert now, yo! Hell yeah, ha!

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Mar 15, 2010 4:16PM EDT

To answer your question, blacks were mainly restricted to support roles in all 4 services. For the USMC this often meant that black marines, drove trucks, helped with supply lines and logistics etc. As the war grew longer, black soldiers were called on more often to engage in combat roles (see the Tuskegee Airmen as well as a number of artillery units in Europe), however in the USMC there are fewer cases of this. The armed forces remained segregated until 1949, this did not mean that it did not happen in the heat of battle. Indeed on Iwo Jima two black marines received bronze stars for bravery fighting the Japanese.
Blacks were most certainly an important part of the corps in the later years of the war, however they were often restricted from fighting due to the official policy of segregation. I don't claim to be any kind of expert in the matter, so if your at all interested (or if i failed in answering your question) look this stuff up the information is out there.

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Mar 25, 2010 9:12AM EDT

Snap.

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