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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Originally posted May 2004

Brothers in Arms

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When Leonard Smith was in the U.S. Army over 60 years ago, it was still very much a white man's army. But Smith, and the other members of the 761st Battalion, distinguished themselves late in the war as America's first all-black armored unit to see combat. The full story of the 761st is now told by a man befriended as a boy by Leonard Smith -- former NBA superstar Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

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