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Culture Beat / August 15, 2019

Eleven Brothers, 158 Years of U.S. Military Service

They would prefer to hear “Thank you for helping to keep this country free” rather than “Thank you for your service.”

“The sons of Ben and Hattie Davis give special meaning to the term ‘band of brothers.’ Eleven in all, their combined 158 years of service to the U.S. military make them brothers in arms as well as brothers raised on a family farm in rural Alabama.”

“Seven of the 11 gathered in mid-July at a hotel and casino in Mississippi for a reunion thick with brotherly love and military pride. They laughed together, told stories from their days growing up and serving the country and reminisced about what it was like to be black in the U.S. military in the 20th century in America. But in the end, they talked less about racism than the lack of respect all veterans feel from their fellow Americans.”

“‘Being in the military, it was a fine thing,’ said Lebronze Davis, who fought in the Vietnam War and has survived cancer and heart surgery. ‘We all think we’ve done an outstanding job.’”

Read more at Military Times.

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