Profiles with Wendell Pierce

sponsored by The National WWII Museum

The National WWII Museum is the proud sponsor of Profiles with Wendell Pierce on WBOK 1230 AM. Each month, New Orleans native and renowned actor Wendell Pierce invites his contemporaries to share their insights on culture, current events, entertainment and more. Recent guests include musician PJ Morton, actor Anthony Mackie, musician Wynton Marsalis, actress Vanessa L Williams, and attorney Cheryl Ifill. Conversations with Wendell Pierce airs the last Friday of every month at noon and is rebroadcast on weekends.

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Vernon Baker

Vernon Baker was one of seven African Americans to receive the Medal of Honor for service in World War II, an award delayed decades by bias and discrimination. In both war and peace, Baker served as an inspirational leader for the soldiers that served under his command and for generations to come.

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Roscoe Brown

Dr. Roscoe Brown served in the USAAF as a fighter pilot in the 100th Fighter Squadron, 332nd Fighter Group, 15th Air Force. Brown recounts some of his exploits in the skies over Europe, including a duel with a German ME-262 jet fighter.

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Edgar Cole

It was only in the wake of Executive Order 8802, and a presidential directive issued directly to the Corps, that the Marines began setting up a new segregated training facility for African American recruits at Montford Point, North Carolina. One of the first recruits was Edgar Cole.

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William Holloman III

Pursuing his passion for flight, William Holloman II enlisted in the only unit that would let him fly—the Tuskegee Airmen. He joined as a fighter pilot with the famous “Red Tails” of the 332nd Fighter Group.

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Joseph LaNier II

From rural Mississippi to Iwo Jima, Joseph LaNier confronted racism in society and service.

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Charles McGee

Charles McGee was an African American pilot in the 332nd Fighter Group. Deployed to Italy in 1944, McGee saw action both escorting heavy bombers on missions to Europe, and engaging enemy fighter aircraft.

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Rothacker Smith

Dr. Rothacker Smith looked death in the eye several times during World War II. In these moments during his wartime service, during captivity as a German POW and beyond, his faith carried him through and indeed directed much of his life, as did the proud tradition of the Buffalo Soldier which he upheld.

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Betty Reid Soskin

Meet America's oldest National Park Ranger—a wartime Home Front worker profiled in the Museum's 2018 Electronic Field Trip about African American Experiences in World War II. 

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Harold Ward

Eleven months after witnessing the attack on Pearl Harbor, Harold Ward stood watch aboard the USS San Francisco as the heavy cruiser "steamed right into a mess." 

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