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Here is something I want to share. What brought this up is the latest movie on the black fighter pilots during World War II. I have the greatest respect for them. During World War II, four of the Schmidt boys were in the service overseas. My older brother John was in the medical corps, Bob was in the Army Air Force, Bill was a military policeman and Herb was in the engineer corps. When the war ended in Europe, John and Bob, having lots of service points, were sent back to the U.S. for rest and relaxation for 30 days. Before going to the Pacific war zone, John and Bob were lucky when the war with Japan ended and they were discharged. Bill and Herb were shipped to Japan.The new movie reminds me of the tale that my brother Bill told me. He escorted German prisoners of war back to the States for internment. This was revealed to me by Bill in 1946 after finishing his service. When escorting the German prisoners to a restaurant somewhere in the Carolinas, the fellow black MP's were not allowed in the restaurant to eat, as only whites were allowed. That was terrible.Years earlier in school roughly the early 1930s in Cincinnati. I took a lot of criticism for defending the black students. In the service and later in public life I found myself defending many of my Jewish friends who also were mistreated.Remember, love thy neighbor. If you know not your neighbor, that's a pity.

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