Feb 21, 2008

Book recounts service of black Guard unit

Members of the 726th Transportation Truck Company, assigned to the 231st Transportation Truck Battalion, also an African American Guard unit from Baltimore, unload wounded onto a helicopter for evacuation in Korea in February 1951. The 231st was a headquarters unit, with several truck companies, such as the 726th, assigned as needed for certain missions. National Archives and Records Administration

(Linda Strowbridge, The Jeffersonian) - ... The inspection, held 16 years after the end of the Civil War, made history. It created the first all-black company of the Maryland National Guard.
But few Marylanders have ever heard of the company, which operated partly in Pikesville, or of how its members served in four wars before segregation ended in the military in the 1950s, said Louis Diggs, a historian, author and Korean War veteran. So Diggs, an Owings Mills resident, is working to promote that history through his book "Forgotten Road Warriors," published in 2005, and a series of Black History Month presentations. Continued