African Americans in World War II
Courtesy of the National Archives
Following the success of the invasion of North Africa known as Operation Torch, the Allies began a difficult campaign up the Italian peninsula which ultimately resulted in the overthrow of Mussolini and Italy's withdrawal from the Axis Powers. This photograph from 22 September 1943 shows an ancient temple of Neptune, built around 700 BCE, where a company of American soldiers had set up a temporary office. At desk, front to rear, are: Sergeants James Shellman, Gilbert A. Terry, John W. Phoenix, Curtis A. Richardson, and Leslie B. Wood. In front of desk, front to rear, are: Technical Sergeant Gordon A. Scott, Master Sergeant Walter C. Jackson, Sergeant David D. Jones, and Warrant Officer Carlyle M. Tucker.