Over the years at AVC we have collected numerous stories of black patriots, many of whose stories have historically been overlooked. In honor of Black History Month, we have gathered various clips paying tribute to our nation’s African-American heroes, from the American Revolution through today. One of our featured stories highlights the men of the 369th Infantry Regiment, formerly known as the 15th New York National Guard Regiment, who saw some of the greatest action throughout the First and Second World Wars. Their perseverance and acts of valor earned them the nicknames “Men of Bronze” from their French allies and “Harlem Hellfighters” from their German opponents. Read More
Among the 80 men who took part in the legendary Doolittle Raid was Edward Saylor, a young engineer-gunner who volunteered to join Doolittle on his daring mission. On January 28, 2015, at the age of 94, Lt. Colonel Edward Saylor passed away. Please take a moment to watch Saylor’s story, and to remember his service and the service of his brave comrades. Read More
"Guarding Their Legacy - Honoring Their Sacrifice," the tagline of the AVC, is also the title of our new series of veterans' oral histories. Tune in every few weeks to watch a new story from those who have served with honor over the last 75 years of American military history. Donald Mates of the Third Marine Division saw some of the greatest action in the Pacific Theater of World War II at the Battle of Iwo Jima. After seeing combat in Guam, Mates was sent to Iwo Jima with the Fourth Platoon, tasked with locating the dangerous Japanese spigot mortars. At age 89, Mates reflects on his experience in one of the most grueling battles of the Second World War. Read More
The World War II Veterans Committee's 2015 Commemorative calendar, featuring the Heroes of WWII, is now available for purchase.
A great gift, quantities are limited, so order your copy today!
SILENT SOLDIERS Spellbound Pictures presents "Silent Soldiers," a song giving a voice and paying tribute to America's servicemen and women. A portion of the proceeds go to the American Veterans Center, helping us fulfill our mission of preserving the legacy and honoring the sacrifice of America's veterans. AVC is always proud to pass along the stories of our country's heroes, encouraging its citizens to recognize their sacrifices.