Many African-American soldiers who wanted combat duty in World War II were denied that role. But the role they were given proved invaluable.
Fannin Garrett of Emory was one of many Northeast Texans who served in the supply line known as the "Red Ball Highway" or the "Red Ball Express."
This feature was made possible by the archives of the East Texas War and Memory Project, an interdisciplinary collaboration at Texas A&M University-Commerce.
National World War II Museum's Collin Makamson discusses the Red Ball Express:
National World War II Museum's Collin Makamson discusses the museum in New Orleans: