The Percy Perry Legacy is good for anyone who faces overwhelming struggles in life.
Percy Perry was a World War II Veteran, who served in the United States Army from 1941 to 1946.
Perry was part of the Colored Battalion, a group of 600 to 700 men of whom most volunteered to join the United States Army to fight the evil threats of World War II.
The Colored Battalion was part of many battles and carried out expeditionary attacks to test the strength of the enemy.
To reduce racial strife, the soldiers of the Colored Battalion agreed to not wear any medals, strips or patches. They did not need any rank, they were all men of color, soldiers of the United State Army, fighting for Democracy and Freedom, for the United States of America. Hey knew who they were, they knew each other, they knew what they had to do.
The Nazi tyranny or Japanese imperialism they believed, would have been a far worse problem than any problems at home in the U.S.A.
“Victory through War” was the only answer.
In 1946 WWII ended, Percy Perry returned to Buffalo from war in Europe. He was one of the few survivors of the Colored Battalion. Percy had been wounded several times in combat. I remember hearing DAD talk about two of his war buddies, one was called Tappin from Chicago and the other was called the Preacher.
Percy stayed in and out of the Veterans Hospital for shell shock, post WWII Trauma-Stress for years. Several years after WWII, I was 4 to 6 years old and I remember my Mother taking me to see Dad at the Veterans Hospital.
The horrors of World War II haunted Percy Perry.
Hard labor was his only way out. From the battlefields of Europe, to the strenuous work in the grain elevators, to rehabilitating dilapidated properties, to working other jobs at night. Percy Perry spent the rest of his life trying to escape the trauma of World War II.
He always said: “Don’t let nothin’…take you to the deep end.”
(Rev. Barney “Blair” Perry of Buffalo is an award winning nominee and Million Broadcast Award winner and composer of “Walking In Rhythm.” He resides in Buffalo. He is the son of Mr. Percy Perry.