WWII and the Limits Of Brotherhood
Asked how he managed to rid himself of resentment, Baker told me: "Give respect before you expect it. Treat people the way you want to be treated. Remember the mission. Set the example. Keep going."
That's also how Wallace handled the war's aftermath. He completed his studies at Meharry Medical School in Nashville and went on to enjoy a 40-year career specializing in obstetrics and gynecology.
The next time he's in Washington to visit his son, Wallace said, he'll probably stop by the memorial. "But I'm not making any specific plans to see it," he added.
Other quotations inscribed on the memorial include this one by Col. Oveta Culp Hobby: "Women who stepped up were measured as citizens of the nation, not as women. . . . This was a people's war, and everyone was in it."
There are none, however, about the contributions of African Americans.
But that's okay with Wallace.
"I don't think it would be appropriate to have something that singled out black soldiers," he said. "We consider ourselves Americans, even if it is American with lowercase 'a.' "
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