Gen. Harry W. Brooks, Jr. (Finding Aid)

Gen. Harry W. Brooks, Jr.

1928 -

Favorite Color: Blue

Favorite Food: medium rare t-bone steak

Favorite Time of Year: Spring

Favorite Vacation Spot: Caribbean

Interview Length: 113 minutes

Interview Date(s): September 29, 2004

Interview Location(s): Las Vegas, Nevada

Abstract

Harry Brooks, Jr. relates memories of growing up in a middle class African American neighborhood in Indianapolis, Indiana during the Depression and World War Two. He talks about his mother and father, schools, participation in football and ROTC, and his decision to join the military after high school. He also expresses his belief in the need for more discipline in today's schools.

General Harry W. Brooks, Jr. discusses his Army career from 1947 when he joined as a private, through the mid 1970s, just before his promotion to general officer. He discusses race relations and the transition to integration in the armed forces, and gives his thoughts on leadership and inspiring people to do their best.

Harry Brooks, Jr addresses the integration of the U.S. Army, detailing his appointment as only the sixth African American general in the history of the Army. Brooks discusses how he helped to improve race relations in the Army in his new position. He also talks about his time commanding the 25th Infantry Division based in the Pacific. Under Brooks's leadership, the 25th became acknowledged as the best-trained division in the Army. Brooks also placed a premium on education; under his command, over 1,500 members of the 25th received high school diplomas.

Retired US Major General Harry Brooks reflects on his life and career in the military, and discusses his retirement activities, including his work with the Freedom Forum. Brooks also talks about his personal beliefs, family, and frienships, and shares his concerns for the future. Brooks then shares a series of photos depicting his life, family, and career.

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