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The 366th Infantry Regiment was an all-black unit that saw action in North Africa and Italy during World War II. There is a memorial stained glass window at the chapel on the campus of Howard University in Washington, DC, the alma mater of many of the officers. The window was commissioned by the 366th Infantry Regiment Veterans Association, of which my father has been president for as long as I can remember.
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Before the "Sixes" was allowed into combat, they spent some time guarding the bases of the Tuskegee Airmen because the white troops refused to defend the "colored" flyers. When they finally entered combat after the fall of Rome, they faced Field-Marshal Albrecht von Kesselring as he led the brilliant military retreat of the German forces to the Italian Alps.

Nov'94My father & President Clinton - Nov'94 With all of the hubbub about the 50th anniversary of the end of the war, the Congressional Black Caucus decided to award a Certificate of Appreciation to the 366th Veterans Association. My father, Dennette A. Harrod, Sr, accepted the certificate on their behalf. To read my journal entry about the event, click here.

Fox 1941 Lt. John R. Fox in 1941 On September 9, 1992, my father gave a speech at the Conference on Black Americans in World War II at the Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, PA. The speech was about Lt. John R. Fox and the 366th Infantry Regiment.

There is a memorial plaque at Fort Devens, MA, where the 366th was activated and trained before leaving for the European Campaign. At the same dedication ceremony in 1982, John Fox's widow received his Distinguished Service Cross after a delay of nearly 40 years.

USNews coverThe cover story for the May 6, 1996 issue of U.S. News & World Report is about neglected black heroes from World War II, and seven soldiers who are being recommended for the Medal of Honor, and Lt. John R. Fox is on the list! Here are two articles about it from the The Boston Sunday Globe (28-Apr-96), and The Boston Globe (29-Apr-96). It was also reported in the Afro-American.

On 1997-01-13, Arlene Fox, the widow of Lt. John R. Fox, recieved his postumous Medal of Honor from President Clinton in a White House ceremony which was broadcast live on C-SPAN ... I managed to capture a copy on video tape, and hope to add the video to this page someday. (Read the citation.)

yearbook icon 366th Infantry Regiment Yearbook for 1941 I have gone back to my father's copy of the 1941 yearbook and added hypertext links to his speech for as many of the men as I could find. (Some joined the unit after the yearbook was published at Ft. Devens, MA, two years before they saw combat.)

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This page is now linked to the U.S. Army Alumni Organizations/Associations HomePage, which is located on The United States Army HomePage.
Note: We are NOT a resource for obtaining information about medals received by relatives in WW-II ... Please click here to learn how to use Standard Form 180 (7-86) to obtain service records of deceased relatives and recovering their lost medals from NPRC(MPR).

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