Army 1st Lt. Albert Cliette, right, receives the Silver Star from Maj. Gen. Claude B. Ferenbaugh, commanding general of the 7th Infantry Division. (U.S. Army Special Operations Command photo)
When Albert Cliette volunteered to join a new unit seeking the Army’s most daring warfighters, he already had proven his leadership prowess and courage — by jumping from airplanes at airborne school.
But when he arrived at the newly formed Ranger School at Fort Benning, Ga., in 1950, he and other black soldiers were reminded they weren’t equal and were pulled away from white soldiers to train, eat, and sleep. It was a gesture of racism Cliette, 92, hadn’t experienced during his childhood in Detroit.
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