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Black veterans of World War II's 761st U.S. Army Tank Battalion reunite in Tampa

They took three towns from German soldiers on their first day of combat in World War II.

They played a major role in the Battle of the Bulge, faced the enemy in four major campaigns and fought for a stunning 183 consecutive days.

Now members of the all-black 761st U.S. Army Tank Battalion come to Tampa this week for a reunion. Despite facing discrimination in what was then a segregated military, the battalion was a favorite of Gen. George Patton.

Its celebration this week includes a memorial service open to the public at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Embassy Suites-Westshore. …

Kudos to state Rep. Janet Cruz, D-Tampa, who is staging a job fair Wednesday at Higgins Hall on N Himes Avenue from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cruz expects 100 employers and more than 1,000 job seekers. …

Seen on a bumper sticker: Are You Drunk Or Just Talking On The Phone? …

Word has it the Yankees' Alex Rodriguez is house-hunting in Tampa for him and current flame Cameron Diaz. …

A publicist for Thursday's 10th annual Tampa Bay Technology Forum Foundation Tech Jam noted that Marty Balin will play a special VIP concert after the battle of the bands among tech companies at the Ritz Ybor.

Then she detailed Balin's background as a former Jefferson Airplane/Starship member and said I was probably too young to know this. What do they say about flattery? Tickets for Balin's performance, limited to 250 guests, will be available to sponsors and VIP Party pass holders ($95). Get details at

And by the way, Starship's Runaway was one of the most memorable songs at my eighth-grade graduation party.

That's all I'm saying.

Black veterans of World War II's 761st U.S. Army Tank Battalion reunite in Tampa 08/14/11 [Last modified: Sunday, August 14, 2011 6:00pm]
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