LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - "When I was in the Army there was total discrimination," WWII veteran David Hubbard said.
The 92-year-old said he fought in an all black unit in the South Pacific during WWII.
"It was totally segregated," Hubbard said.
"They were fighting in a segregated Army, a segregated Navy," Purdue history professor Randy Roberts said about black soldiers. "For them the battle was twice as tough because often times discrimination on their own side as well as the enemy."
Roberts said black soldiers were fighting two wars. Termed the double V campaign they fought Fascism on the front lines and racism at home. After the victory in the South Pacific Hubbard said he came home to fight yet another battle.
"I found same old Jim Crow segregation when I came back to the United States," the veteran said. "I don't know why we can't live together in peace. It's awful that I had to come back and fight segregation."
"You have to sit at the back of the bus, you can't go to movie theaters or you have to sit in the balcony," Roberts said about the experience of black people living post WWII United States. "Racism was all around you and you're serving your country."
Now, 68 years later, Hubbard said he no longer faces discrimination like he did during and post WWII. He said he's honored to have served his country.
Along with a group of WWII and Korean War veterans Hubbard will visit war memorials in Washington D.C. on the third Honor Flight. The flight leaves Monday and News 18 will have a crew at the nation's capital covering the event.
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My grandfather, Jim Ryan, is interviewed about his service during World War II as a navigator for the Air Force stationed in the Aluetian Islands. Filmed July 18, 2002 by the Kern County Superintendent of Schools. I am sharing this for educational purposes and to preserve my Grandfather's memory. He was a great man and I will love him always. Please share and enjoy. Comments are moderated, please be respectful of our veterans and other commenters. I will not approve anything that is negative towards either. Also, this is not the James Ryan from Saving Private Ryan, obviously, but it's a fairly common name. My Grandpa always said they had 4 Jims in his unit so they called them James, Jim, Jimmy, and they called him Jeff because they ran out of Jim names. Some of his military buddies still called him Jeff. His full name is James Albert Ryan and he was a wonderful father, husband, and grandfather.