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United States Army / Vol. Recruitment / Effects / World War II Black Tank Battalion #53519

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Apr 20, 1978
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(Studio) Representative Robin Beard's release of new study indicating United States vol. army isn't in good shape noted; Beard's prediction of use of draft again if conditions don't improve reported.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(DC) Examination of effects of vol. army on United States military, especially in view of fact that many recruits go in because they can't finds jobs elsewhere. [Captain A.W. BREMER - thinks toughest problem isn't training, but making winners out of recruits.] Army's ad campaign to attract manpower noted; TV commercial shown. Promises given to potential recruits by Army and information learned with regard to actuality of soldiers' situations reported Incring. doubts about effect of frustration and low morale on Army and its ability to fight if that need ever arises.
REPORTER: Bill Wordham

(Studio) Upcoming ABC News Closeup, "The American Army: A Shocking State of Readiness", noted. Awarding of president citation in Washington, DC to members of 1st black tank battalion to fight in World War II reported.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Fort Meyer, Virginia) Accomplishments of 761st tank battalion in Europe during WW II described; film shown. [Army Secretary Clifford ALEXANDER - notes enemy prisoners often got more respect than American black soldiers in World War II and that these men answered cntry.'s call to war as blacks have in every other American war.] Alexander's presentation of president citation to 761st cited; Lieutenant Colonel Charles Gates' efforts to bring this about stated. [GATES - says presentation occurring now means more to blacks than if done earlier because young blacks now don't have hero image to look up to.]
REPORTER: Bill Zimmerman

Reasoner, Harry;
Wordham, Bill;
Zimmerman, Bill

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