Spotlight on Those Who Served: A Black World War Two veteran’s military journey

Published: Feb. 22, 2022 at 7:40 PM CST
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ALTON, Ill. ( - James Killion, Jr. was one of 125,000 Black soldiers serving overseas during World War Two.

The Alton native left behind a detailed account of his time in the military in the form of 47 letters.

This past Christmas, his son James Killion, III, put the letters in a book for all of his family to have. Now, the National World War Two Museum in New Orleans will soon add them to its history archive.