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Allene Carter's father-in-law was a decorated veteran. Yet it was not until the Carter family received a call from the White House that she discovered he was a heroic force in the Rhineland campaign. President Clinton awarded the Medal of Honor to several black soldiers who served in World War II. Sergeant Edward A. Carter Jr. was among the recipients. Shocked to learn the Allene Carter's father-in-law was a decorated veteran. Yet it was not until the Carter family received a call from the White House that she discovered he was a heroic force in the Rhineland campaign. President Clinton awarded the Medal of Honor to several black soldiers who served in World War II. Sergeant Edward A. Carter Jr. was among the recipients. Shocked to learn the extent of Carter's service, Allene was determined to uncover both the truth about her father-in-law's wartime record and why his official recognition was so long in coming. Here is the story not only of Sergeant Carter but also of his family's fight to restore his honor. Theirs is a journey that takes them from local veterans organizations to the office of the president and front pages of the national media. An important piece of American history, Honoring Sergeant Carter is an enduring story of determination and family love.


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Allene Carter's father-in-law was a decorated veteran. Yet it was not until the Carter family received a call from the White House that she discovered he was a heroic force in the Rhineland campaign. President Clinton awarded the Medal of Honor to several black soldiers who served in World War II. Sergeant Edward A. Carter Jr. was among the recipients. Shocked to learn the Allene Carter's father-in-law was a decorated veteran. Yet it was not until the Carter family received a call from the White House that she discovered he was a heroic force in the Rhineland campaign. President Clinton awarded the Medal of Honor to several black soldiers who served in World War II. Sergeant Edward A. Carter Jr. was among the recipients. Shocked to learn the extent of Carter's service, Allene was determined to uncover both the truth about her father-in-law's wartime record and why his official recognition was so long in coming. Here is the story not only of Sergeant Carter but also of his family's fight to restore his honor. Theirs is a journey that takes them from local veterans organizations to the office of the president and front pages of the national media. An important piece of American history, Honoring Sergeant Carter is an enduring story of determination and family love.

30 review for Honoring Sergeant Carter: A Family's Journey to Uncover the Truth About an American Hero

  1. 4 out of 5

    Vincent Harris

    Great book loved it I'ts a shame how sergeant Carter was treated by his own country . His daughter in law Allene Carter is a great person to put so much work into setting things right every family needs someone like her in it .I first heard about sergeant Carter on the Netflix show medal of honor and after watching his episode I wanted to see if there was a book on Sergeant Carter with more details about his life and was happy to find this book . I hope more people hear his story , I hope a movie Great book loved it I'ts a shame how sergeant Carter was treated by his own country . His daughter in law Allene Carter is a great person to put so much work into setting things right every family needs someone like her in it .I first heard about sergeant Carter on the Netflix show medal of honor and after watching his episode I wanted to see if there was a book on Sergeant Carter with more details about his life and was happy to find this book . I hope more people hear his story , I hope a movie will be made on sergeant Carter one day , God bless sergeant Carter and his family.

  2. 4 out of 5

    George

    I had seen the Netflix Medal of Honor series whose first episode was on Sgt Edward A Carter. The book, by his daughter in law filled in some of the details the show only touched upon. Suffice it to say, except for the overly long chapter on his father, this was an interesting read. Amazing as we think about today and totally integrated armed forces, by race, creed, gender, etc...that the army that won the peace 70 plus years ago was so racially divisive. My father was one of the greatest generatio I had seen the Netflix Medal of Honor series whose first episode was on Sgt Edward A Carter. The book, by his daughter in law filled in some of the details the show only touched upon. Suffice it to say, except for the overly long chapter on his father, this was an interesting read. Amazing as we think about today and totally integrated armed forces, by race, creed, gender, etc...that the army that won the peace 70 plus years ago was so racially divisive. My father was one of the greatest generation. I truly hope he was not of the stripe of bigots like Maxwell Clark, and Hoover and many others who denied the honor due Edward Carter in his lifetime

  3. 5 out of 5

    Michael Grigsby

    This is an excellent read! The author presents readers through erudition, superb storytelling, and a passion for truth the often overlooked contributions and heroism of Black American servicemen and women during WWII. As a proud inheritor of a family that has given military service to our country from the Civil War to the present, I strongly identify with SFC. Carter and his family's pride in his accomplishments and quest for vindication and acknowledgement of his contributions as a soldier and This is an excellent read! The author presents readers through erudition, superb storytelling, and a passion for truth the often overlooked contributions and heroism of Black American servicemen and women during WWII. As a proud inheritor of a family that has given military service to our country from the Civil War to the present, I strongly identify with SFC. Carter and his family's pride in his accomplishments and quest for vindication and acknowledgement of his contributions as a soldier and a man. Thank you Allene Carter for your determination and scholarship and respect for one of our forgotten heroes. Michael Grigsby

  4. 4 out of 5

    Tom Sells

    A sad great story Some people are brave and some people act. Sgt. Carter was both. He knew what to do and he completed his task without complaint. He was the soldier we want when trouble is around. Our country let him down. At least the country apologized to his family and honored a very deserving soldier.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ellen Curran

    An amazing tribute to an unsung hero, who fought for his country, but whose country didn't fight for him. A gripping and sad portrait of the treatment of African-American soldiers. I'd recommend a paper copy, the electronic book lacked photos. An amazing tribute to an unsung hero, who fought for his country, but whose country didn't fight for him. A gripping and sad portrait of the treatment of African-American soldiers. I'd recommend a paper copy, the electronic book lacked photos.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sandra

    This was a good book. It does make you mad, seeing how a hero was treating by his own government. But it is inspiring too. Also it showed how to go about researching your family's military history. This is a book that more children need to read. It shows where we have come from and that somethings are better, but we still have a ways to go. This was a strong family and they kept going until they made it right. This was a good book. It does make you mad, seeing how a hero was treating by his own government. But it is inspiring too. Also it showed how to go about researching your family's military history. This is a book that more children need to read. It shows where we have come from and that somethings are better, but we still have a ways to go. This was a strong family and they kept going until they made it right.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mahlon

    Sergeant Edward Carter was born to be a soldier, during WWII he risked his life in an action for which everyone who served with him agreed that he should have been awarded the Medal of Honor, but because he happened to be African-American he was given a DSC instead, one of several soldiers to be denied the Medal based solely on their race. Thankfully, this injustice was corrected in 1997, when President Clinton awarded the Medal to a handful of black soldiers in a White House ceremony. Allene Ca Sergeant Edward Carter was born to be a soldier, during WWII he risked his life in an action for which everyone who served with him agreed that he should have been awarded the Medal of Honor, but because he happened to be African-American he was given a DSC instead, one of several soldiers to be denied the Medal based solely on their race. Thankfully, this injustice was corrected in 1997, when President Clinton awarded the Medal to a handful of black soldiers in a White House ceremony. Allene Carter (Eddie's daughter-in law) chronicles this journey, as well as her further quest to discover why a hero like Eddie would have been barred from re-enlisting after the war. Despite it's brevity, Honoring Sergeant Carter is a well-written, engaging, and socially important book. In addition, it's a tribute to one woman's tenacity, and proof that an ordinary citizen really can hold the government accountable for it's actions. Anyone interested in U.S. History, the Civil Rights movement, or genealogy should read this book.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Frankie Wozniak

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Honoring Sergeant Carter by Allene G Carter and Robert Allen reveals the staggering amount of racism displayed during the World Wars and how a person can overcome almost any challenge. https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B2h... Honoring Sergeant Carter by Allene G Carter and Robert Allen reveals the staggering amount of racism displayed during the World Wars and how a person can overcome almost any challenge. https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B2h...

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    Another hidden chapter in history.

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