About the Book

When author Edward Lee Smith set out to write about his life as an African American soldier and teacher in America during the tumultuous twentieth century, he had a very personal mission in mind. He needed to confront his demons. Smith and his twin brother, Fred, encountered some of the bloodiest combat in the Korean War as rimen with the Seventh Infantry Division of the US Army.

In Forgotten Heroes, he shares his life story—from his birth in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; to growing up in North Carolina during the Great Depression under the oppressive Jim Crow laws that pervaded the South; to his relatively happy teen years during World War II; to the bloody combat in Korea during the countero ensive of 1951; to joining the National Guard and working his way up to lieutenant colonel.

As an African American of advanced age, Smith shares how he lived through Jim Crow, the Ku Klux Klan, war, the civil rights movement, economic booms and busts, the birth of rock ’n’ roll, the free love and drugs of the 1960s, the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., the women’s liberation movement, the tech bubble, and the Great Recession.

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About the Author

Edward Lee Smith is a retired lieutenant colonel, having served in the US Army and National Guard for more than two decades. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in business administration from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro. Smith has more than forty years of professional and military experience in many fields including education and marketing. He lives in the Zuni Mountains of New Mexico and has six grown children.

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A must read

Riveting story, extremely well told by this humble man. With the end of book telling of his envolment in Redstone rocket project at White Sands , that ties into current movie Hidden Figures and the crucial roll African Americans played in NASA, and mathmation Katherine Johnson.
Highly recommend this book, the descriptive style of writing is wonderful. You are positioned right in the story craving more, and reflecting. Thank you Ed Smith for your candid accounts of your life, for all of us to reflect on. Job very well done.

- Junior

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