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Black Military Men Helped Build America’s Glory

Captain Charles E. Douglas of the United States Armed Forces, graduated as valedictorian of the 1965 class of B. C. Elmore Senior High School of Houston, Texas. He was President of the Association of the United States Army Student Chapter R. 0. T. C. and President of his Senior Class at Prairie View A & M University of Prairie View, Texas. He graduated from Prairie View A & M University in 1969, with a Bachelor of Science degree concentrating in Electrical/Electronic Engineering and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. After graduating from college, he entered into the U S. Armed Forces as Second Lieutenant (U.S. Army Signal Corps). Shortly after he was stationed at Fort Gordon, Georgia and Fort Bragg, North Carolina where he was a Communications/Electronics Instructor and Signal Unit Commander, respectively. He later received orders to be stationed at Long Binh, Vietnam, where he was a Combat Unit Signal Commander in charge of Operations. He was awarded the Army Commendation Medal of Honor for Meritorious Service against hostile enemy forces in the Republic of Vietnam. Prior to his Honorable Discharge, Lieutenant Douglas was promoted to Captain. Recently, Captain Douglas earned a Master of Education degree from Texas Southern University of Houston, Texas. Currently, he is a Licensed Professional Engineer with a successful Engineering and Consulting Firm, a certified Educator in Mathematics and Science, an Evangelist Minister of the Christ of Jesus Christ From God and he is working on his Ph.D. degree from Cambridge State University of Honolulu. Hawaii.

Since the birth of our nation, Americans have been in the struggle to protect, preserve, and make more meaningful the ideals of freedom and liberty. From the very beginning, the Black American has been part of this struggle and a valiant fighter in every conflict in our history.

Negro soldiers, about 5,000, both free and slave, served gallantly in the Revolutionary Army. Others served in the Navy, especially as coastal pilots. Crispus Attucks, a runaway slave who fled to Boston, was involved in the Boston massacre. He and three other men fell there, the first blood for independence that was shed.

During the war of 1812, the Louisiana Free Men of Color and San Domingo Free Men of Color were integral parts of General Andrew Jackson’s Army, which was rather small and included Blacks and whites. It inflicted a decisive defeat upon an army of British regulars, compelling it to withdraw front Louisiana.

During the Civil War, there were almost 180,000 Negro troops on the union side. Two of the significant Negro regiments were the 54th and 55th Massachusetts. Black Troops fought both in the Eastern Theater and as far West as Kansas and Missouri. Regiments of free Negroes from Massachusetts fought in some of the bloodiest battles of the war, particularly at Fort Wagner in South Carolina. Several regiments of free Negroes even offered their services to the Confederacy and. in the late part of the war, the Confederacy considered giving slaves their freedom in return for military service.

Negro units were instrumental in the Spanish-American War. The 9th Cavalry gained distinction in the charge up San Juan Hill by Teddy Roosevelt and his “Rough Riders.” During the Philippine insurrection, the same four Negro regiments that fought in the Spanish-American War, along with two volunteer units, fought bravely to quell the Philippine insurrection.

In World War I, the bulk of the 404,348 were Black troops in the Services of Supply – in quartermaster, stevedore and pioneer infantry units. The all-Negro 369th Infantry Regiment was the first American unit to break through the German line and reach the Rhine River. Henry Johnson and Needham Roberts, two members of this unit, were the first two American soldiers ever to be honored by a foreign government for outstanding bravery on a foreign battlefield. Individually they were awarded the coveted French Croix de guerre, with Star and Palm, for defending and holding an exposed position, while wounded, in the face of overwhelming odds.

During World War II, on March 15, 1942, Sergeant Alouzo Douglas was credited as the first Negro infantryman to kill a Japanese enemy soldier in the Solomons. Almost 100,000 Negro troops and 7,700 officers served in World War II. Three Negro armored units and nine separate Negro field artillery battalions served in Europe. Lieutenant Charles B. Hall of the Army Air Corps was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and credited with the all-Negro 99th Fighter Squadron’s first aerial victory after he destroyed a Focke-Wulf 190 in aerial combat on July 2, 1943. Lieutenant Colonel Benjamin 0. Davis, Jr., (West Point class of 1936, the son of the first Negro general) commanded the 332nd fighter group that flew bombing missions in Europe and while attached to the 15th Air Force made a 1,500 mile round trip attack on Berlin, the longest mission of the l5th’s history.

A Black seaman, Doris Miller, became the first hero of World War II. He was a Messman 1st Class serving aboard the U.S. Arizona when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. During the ensuing assault, Miller shot down at least four planes until his ammunition was exhausted. For his distinguished devotion to duty, he earned the Navy Cross.

The Korean War saw the advent of integration of the American Armed Forces. Private First Class William Thompson of the 24th Infantry was the first Negro since 1898 to win the Medal of Honor for martyrdom beyond the call of duty.

In yesteryears, White and Black men fought side by side in Vietnam to preserve the freedom of a country imperiled by Communist aggression. The Medal of Honor rolls are filled with Black and White Americans who have fought courageously in Southeast Asia. These Americans had little regard for their personal safety in performing feats of heroism in protecting the lives of their fellow soldiers. The past Secretary of the Army, Stanley R. Resor, during the Vietnam War said that “the policy of equal treatment and opportunity, in addition to being a just one, has paid dividends to the Army. Today we have over 5,500 Negro Army officers. Among infantry sergeants – the backbone of our combat forces in Vietnam – 24 percent were Negro.”

Brave Black men have also fought in the Desert Storm War preserving the right to protect the welfare of America’s home front, near and far. General Colin Powell, U.S. Army Five Star General, during the Desert Storm was the first Black Joint Chief of Staff reporting to the President of the United States. Now, Secretary of State Colin Powell is the first Afro-American in charge of the United States foreign and domestic affairs under President George Bush, and he is the first Afro-American to be appointed to such a high cabinet post.

The Black American has fought for hundreds of years for his freedom from slavery and then continued to fight aggressors who sought to take away his American freedom. Perhaps an anonymous Swiss officer serving with the Union Army in the Civil War said it most aptly concerning the Negro heritage, “It is beautiful to fight for an idea that is to bring freedom to all men; attractive is the satisfaction, which each brave soul brings with him out of hot combat to have contributed his bit to the success of a beautiful cause.”

TRIBUTE

A loud crash, a red flash, and a life ends.
Lost spouses, lost children, and lost friends
Tears of angels fall to the ground
Mourning the thousands never to be found
A wounded nation rises above
Holding it’s ground, when push comes to shove
Visions of people falling like rain
A grotesque sculpture of perverse pain
A guilty man sits among his friends
And laughs aloud time and again
A country’s eyes narrow in rage
History books earn a new page
A religious battle taken too far
Leading to an international war
One man’s power costs thousands of lives
Grown men cry who lost their wives
Fear of death spreads like fire
Feeding a madman’s hellish desire
Bin laden now runs scared and meek
Shuddering as his power grows weak
For while he tries as he well may
God has blessed the USA.

For Jason Grimm
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Scott Grimm of Tomball
Grandson of Granny Riche
We just want him to know how proud we are of him, and keep up the good work.

Aldine Middle School celebrated Red Ribbon Week

Aldine Middle School celebrated Red Ribbon Week by putting up posters and watching films that emphasized the importance of being drug free. The Counseling staff and Student Council sponsored the activities. Shown here putting up posters are left to right: Tatiana Romero, Mike Senethavy, My Nguyen, Brittney Robinson and Barrett Morris

Aldine Ninth football team defeats LaPorte

Aldine Ninth grade freshmen A-team defeated LaPorte with a score of 14 to 6. Members of the team include from left to right Robert Jones, Allen Dugar, Deserick Watson, Lamar Kissam, Onterrio Tubbs, Mark Johnson, Kenneth Taylor and Leroy Williams.

Johnson Elementary collects over 1500 lbs. of pasta

Johnson Elementary’s “Drive for 5” campaign to collect 500 lbs. of pasta for area food banks greatly exceeded its goal with over 1500 lbs. of pasta. The competition between the classrooms was intense. Mrs. Riley’s second grade class took first place with 161 lbs. of pasta, and second place went to Mr. Villota’s class with 157 lbs. of pasta. Johnson students let their community pride show with their caring efforts on “Make a Difference Day”.

Youth baseball players sought to compete “Down Under”

The Coast to Coast Baseball Stars are now seeking 11-18 year old players from Texas who would like the opportunity to represent the United States at a two-week summer 2002 tournament in Australia.
“Selected players will have the chance to compete against some of the world’s best teams, explore famous sights like the Great Barrier Reef and the Australian Outback, and learn about a distinct culture,” said Kevin Ritter, program director. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!”

Team age groups include 11-12, 13-15 and 16-18. The squads are led by top college coaches and pro scouts who provide a unique perspective on what it’s like to play at the game’s highest level.
For more information, call 740-373-4455.

Annual Bazaar at Hillcrest UMC

Hillcrest United Methodist Church, 4234 Mount Houston Road at Gloger, will hold its Annual Bazaar and Quilt Exhibit on Saturday, November 10, from 9 am until 3 p.m. Crafts, gifts, plants, baked goods, and several quilts will be available for sale, as well as chili or soup at lunchtime, tea, coffee, and desserts.

A drawing will be held at 3 p.m. to give away a handmade Christmas quilt. Tickets for the drawing are $1 each.

“Monsters, Inc.” scares up some laughs

“Shrek” is still the front runner to win the first Oscar for best-animated feature, but the charming and clever “Monsters, Inc.” is worthy of a nomination.

“Monsters, Inc.” may not be quite as satisfying as the other three movies made by Pixar for Disney, the two “Toy Story’’s and “A Bugs Life,” but it’s darn fine family entertainment.

In the land, planet, or whatever, of monsters, children’s screams are energy. It is the Scarers job to go through magic closet doors into children’s rooms at night and elicit the loudest, most terrified sounds possible. The screams are stored in canisters connected to the doors and later used to run the entire monster world.

Sully (voiced by John Goodman) is the best Scarer there is at the power company Monsters, Inc. He has a slinky, slimy rival in the form of Randall Bogg (Steve Buscemi), who is not above cheating to achieve better statistics than Sully.

The company’s motto is “We scare, because we care,” but the problem is – human kids just don’t scare like they used to in the good ol’ days. There are threats of rolling blackouts in Monsteropolis and the crab-like CEO (James Coburn) of Monster, Inc. is desperately afraid the venerable company could go under.

One of the best scenes in the movie has the Scarers striding into the scare room in slow motion just like the heroic astronauts in “The Right Stuff.” That joke is strictly for movie savvy adults. But there are plenty of other gags for all to enjoy.

Sully’s friend and scare assistant is Mike Warowski (the very funny Billy Crystal). It’s amazing how many expressions can come from this stumbling, neurotic green ball with one big eye. Purple and turquoise Sully is the top Scarer, but he seems more like an affable teddy bear than a frightful creature. But his numbers don’t lie – he’s the best.

Most of the monsters in the movie do not seem too scary, except for Bogg’s because he’s evil, whereas the others are just doing their jobs. They are more reminiscent of the space creatures in the “Star Wars” movies and “Men in Black” than any childhood nightmares.

One of the ironies in the movie is that the monsters are terrified of children – thinking their touch can kill. When a sock is stuck on a returning monster’s back there is bedlam and the decontamination team sweeps in to take care of the problem. It’s funny, but a little unsettling because of the resemblance to news stories these days.

If a sock can set off panic, think what a toddler can do? For those who know the havoc a toddler can wreak in their normal environments, multiply by 10 and add the terror factor. Fast moving Boo sneaks into the monster world when Boggs is up to no good. Sully and Mike discover her, but don’t stay afraid of cute little Boo for long. The rest of Monsteropilis is in a panic when they discover there is a child somewhere in their midst.

By the time Sully and Boo bond there is a sinister plan in motion that Sully must foil to save the little girl and the company.

A chase scene involving thousands of doors being swung like so much dry cleaning is exhilarating. It had all the kids at the Saturday morning screening bolted to their seats. Adults too. The same children did not squirm when there’s a lag about midway through. So that might just be an adult opinion.

The ending is predictable, but it does not matter because it’s so fun much getting there.

Buy stock in Disney, because it has another winner on its hands with “Monsters, Inc.”. Those furry Sully’s and green globular Mike Wazowski’s will be flying off toy aisles this holiday season. Rated-G — great fun for everybody

Books donated to Aldine Middle School

The Aldine Middle School Literary Society recently donated three books in the name of Vic Mauldin, publisher and founder of the Northeast News, to the school library. Mauldin, who started the community newspaper 25 years ago, passed away on Oct. 2 at his home. On hand for the presentation were Mauldin’s wife, Donna, center, and one of his daughters, Rachel Serafine. Pictured with the two is Justin Carter, president of the AMS Literary Society. The presentation was made to honor Mauldin for his work in the community and for his and the paper’s coverage of events in Aldine ISD.

2001 St. Matthew’s Annual Auction November 10

The Catholic Community of St. Matthew The Evangelist, having just completed a most successful Fall Festival, is announcing Part II of its most important fundraising project of the year. “Under The Big Top” will salute “Old Glory” at St. Matthew’s “All-American” Auction and Picnic on Saturday, November 10, 2001 in the church auditorium at 9915 Hollister Road.

Event chairpersons Richard Howard and Edith Dugas invite area neighbors to join with parishioners in support of our flag and country and to celebrate Veterans Day. They are offering an “All-American” meal, great auction items, and a performance by a nationally-known magician, Scott Wells. Live Auction featured items are 2 single game Houston Texan tickets, Father Bob Tucker’s Dinner at the Rectory, Knights of Columbus Fajita Dinner for 25, Round of golf for 4 at Inwood Forest Country Club, and a Night at the Races at Sam Houston Race Park, plus much more.

The evening’s schedule is as follows: 6:30 p.m Registration in Auditorium, Silent Auction begins; 7:00 p.m.-Welcome and Patriotic music, Dinner featuring “All-American” picnic foods; 7:30 p.m.-Scott Wells, magician; and 8:00 p.m. Live Auction. Tickets are $7 per adult and $4 per child under 12.
Donations are still being accepted for the Auction through the Parish Office at 713-466-4030.