I differ slightly with David G. Mosby [letters, May 29] who said, "Black U.S. soldiers were forced to serve in segregated units" in World War II. In 1944, black soldiers were billeted in the classrooms of an elementary school in Verviers, Belgium. I had survived the Holocaust by hiding in the Ardennes, and my family wanted to get word to relatives in the United States that we had survived. I was 12 years old.
The black soldiers, when approached with my rather slight English, told me that their chaplain was Jewish, as were some of the white soldiers in their unit. Somehow the chaplain, Capt. Robert Marcus, got word to my relatives.
Later, many of those black soldiers saw combat in the Battle of the Bulge. I remember the trucks filled with the black and white soldiers with fixed bayonets on their weapons moving to the front to repulse the Germans in December 1944. Many, I learned later, made the ultimate sacrifice.
A couple of years ago, I came across a picture in a publication that showed the late Capt. Marcus conducting a religious ceremony with both white and black soldiers. In the background of that picture was the Siegfried Line (in Germany), concrete pointed blocks designed to stop tanks. That confirmed, to me at least, that the unit that the Jewish chaplain served was integrated to some degree.
This may have been a rare case, but it happened. I saw it.
FRED A. KAHN