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Sidney Alvin Lee - U.S. Army Airborne Ranger

 To win Rose Marie’s affection, I stepped out of character.  I took time, tread carefully, behaved like a gentleman and finally got the job done.  Notwithstanding the army’s policy prohibiting mixed marriages, a year later, I broke the rules and married Rose Marie.  Think about it, a beautiful young nursing student with a bright future with a dumb airborne guy like me.  Friend, I definitely married above my station. 

Rose Marie’s father, a Luftwaffe pilot during World War II, was hard as nails and rigid as a board.  More than just the military thing, he despised me for who I was, and I don’t need to tell you why.  Interracial marriage, impossible in the U.S., was more acceptable in Europe, but he was among the last of a dwindling number in Germany who believed Africans had tails and were unfit to co-mingle with whites. When we became engaged, it took courage for Rose Marie to face her family and tell them she wanted to spend her life with a black man. 

Her father, an executive in the Opal Automobile plant and a respected member of his community, had dreamed of something better for his daughter.  Bad enough she’d chosen a soldier, but a black man – der Neger – was beyond credulity.  But Rose Marie let him know she would not stand for interference in her affairs.  She’d made her choice, and her parents would just have to live with it.  Later, I became very fond of my in-laws.  They were wonderful people and caring and gentle grandparents. 


1. Racism in the Military
2. Tossed into a River
3. Dad's Death
4. MLK
5. Jump school
6. Rosie Marie
7. A lot of action
8. The world turned to shit
9. Attacked from three sides
10. Green tracers
11. The last day
12. PTSD symptoms kick in
13. Too petrified to move
14. No support from Uncle Sam