A group of black Chicago area veterans is remembering others like them who broke racial barriers to serve their country. Tom Woodley of Park City served in the Navy through several wars. He says all the veterans are proud of their accomplishments despite the country's shortcomings. He's a member of the World War II Black Navy Veterans of Great Lakes. The group worked for years to establish a memorial dedicated to the 100,000 or more black sailors who trained, slept and dined in segregated areas. Group members vividly recall not being allowed to dine in the mess hall, but they refused to dwell on the bad experiences.
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