‘Hidden Figures’: Untold stories of Black women in the U.S. military

CORRECTION: The July 21 Tennessee Tribune story about the National Association of Black Military Women incorrectly stated that Retired Chief Warrant Officer Three Doris “Lucki” Allen had been given intelligence about an upcoming large-scale attack during the Viet Nam war. Allen was was the person that gave the intel to her command but it was ignored.

NABMW spokeswoman Latia Suttle said about Allen, “Three months after arriving in Long Binh, Allen began advising supervisors of a potential large-scale attack planned for January 31, 1968. Her report “50,000 Chinese,” which referred to the amassing troops as Chinese instead of Viet Cong, fell on deaf ears.

The report was submitted 30 days prior to the Tet Offensive, which occurred January 30, 1968, and is today remembered as a major intelligence failure of the war.”
Because they didn’t listen to her.”

Allen was honored as a trailblazer at the organization’s recent convention.

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Telling the Stories of the Hidden Figures in the US Military: Black Women 

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