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National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
402 Dolphin Street
Addison V. Pinkey, Executive Secretary
General George C. Marshall
United States Army
Washington, D. C.
We are in receipt of a number of pathetic and touching letters from the boys who comprise the rank and file of Company D, 17th Armored Infantry Battalion. Reports show that this Division has been reduced to what sums up to be a labor outfit. The boys have the training and stamina of fighting men and are interested in remaining in action. It is so discouraging when one has the patriotism and strong-hearted courage to fight for the principles of his country and then is denied that right for reasons undisclosed.
We trust that you will find it convenient to clarify our thinking along this line, giving any facts that were casual to the alleged change that has taken place in the assignment of the 17th Armored Infantry Battalion.
Very truly yours,
A. V. Pinkey
Addison V. Pinkey
Digital DownloadsReel 352 Item 5250 17th Armored Infantry Battalion
CollectionAfrican-American Soldiers, Marshall Foundation National Archives Project
Call No. Reel 352 Item 5250