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The 761st Battalion (also known as the Black Panther Tank Battalion) was an all-black Louisiana-based military unit. The group was activated in 1942 and trained at Camp Hood, Texas. The men of the 761st stood upright and were even called “cocky.” The men were given a superior ranking by the Second Army Commander. Baseball great Jackie Robinson was an officer of the 761st but because of a race incident on his bus, he was not allowed to deploy. His unit was soon off to Europe under General S. Patton, Jr.

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