Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Cover-up of Townsville mutiny: black GIs turned on officers
The Australian ^ | 11th February 2012 | Jamie Walker

Posted on 02/10/2012 4:28:22 PM PST by naturalman1975

BLACK US troops mutinied in Townsville in 1942 and turned machineguns on their officers, in a secret chapter of the war in the Pacific that has come to light through the papers of the late US president Lyndon B. Johnson.

The scandal was hushed up for nearly 70 years after being described in a report given to and apparently kept by Johnson as "one of the biggest stories of the war which can't be written, shouldn't be written".

The subject of rumour and speculation for decades in the north Queensland city, it has now emerged that the mutiny was probably reported at the time to the White House by Johnson, then a young and ambitious US congressman, after he visited Australia in June 1942 on a fact-finding mission for president Franklin D. Roosevelt.

The report Johnson took back to Washington, written for him by US journalist Robert Sherrod, tells how 600 African-American GIs seized their base and went on the rampage, trying to kill their white officers.

Some terrorised local civilians.

Armed Australian troops were sent in at the height of the emergency on the US base.

George Gnezdiloff, then a 20-year-old private in the north Queensland-raised 51st battalion, was told to block Ross River Road with his bren gun carrier. Other soldiers were issued with a password, Bucks, as they deployed to bottle up the Americans.

Gnezdiloff and his crew were ordered to shoot the mutineers on sight. "We had ammo, the lot," the now 90-year-old recalled yesterday from his home in Proserpine, 300km south of Townsville.

"We weren't mucking around, I can tell you."

(Excerpt) Read more at theaustralian.com.au ...


TOPICS: Australia/New Zealand; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: australia; godsgravesglyphs; worldwareleven; worldwartwo
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first previous 1-2021-4041-6061-62 next last
To: PapaBear3625

Your post is exactly what I love about freerepublic. Nice to see the unvarnished truth of how LBJ saw the world in that time


41 posted on 02/10/2012 6:16:31 PM PST by ghannonf18
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 26 | View Replies]

To: naturalman1975
.

We had our own....Camp Logan (Houston, TX) in 1917.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Houston_Riot_(1917)

Very interesting for those who were not aware.

42 posted on 02/10/2012 6:18:41 PM PST by jmax
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

All contributions are for the Current Quarter Expenses.


43 posted on 02/10/2012 6:24:34 PM PST by RedMDer (Forward With Confidence!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Verginius Rufus

I thought Truman desegregated the military


44 posted on 02/10/2012 6:28:40 PM PST by goat granny
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 36 | View Replies]

To: All

On a side note, what ever happened to that soldier who fragged the tent at the beginning of the Iraq invasion?


45 posted on 02/10/2012 6:31:35 PM PST by gunner03
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 42 | View Replies]

To: self
.

me = DUH !!!!!!!

Link to Wikipedia

46 posted on 02/10/2012 6:33:59 PM PST by jmax
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 42 | View Replies]

To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

“They try to suggest that Pvt. Slovik was the only one, but this is not the case.”

Slovik was supposedly the only soldier executed for desertion, but many were executed for murder, rape, etc. [Don’t ask what the ‘etc.’ includes, I’m just covering the bases.]


47 posted on 02/10/2012 6:34:33 PM PST by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 38 | View Replies]

To: goat granny
I thought Truman desegregated the military

He signed the order in 1948, but in a large organisation such reorganisation takes time. It wasn't until 1954 that the process was completed.

48 posted on 02/10/2012 6:38:09 PM PST by naturalman1975 ("America was under attack. Australia was immediately there to help." - John Winston Howard)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 44 | View Replies]

To: naturalman1975

30,000 rounds and they didn’t hit anyone? The movie won’t be called THE TUSKEGEE MARKSMEN.


49 posted on 02/10/2012 6:38:35 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: fso301

“...expended 30,000 rounds of machine gun ammo. Luckily no one was hurt but they were after the white officers.”

Agreed on the lucky no one got hurt. But talk about needing more range time!


50 posted on 02/10/2012 6:38:57 PM PST by 21twelve
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: fso301
The 96th Engineers, a negro battalion, had a mutiny a few months back and expended 30,000 rounds of machine gun ammo. Luckily no one was hurt but they were after the white officers."

How in the world can one possibly fire 30,000 rounds and not hit anyone?

51 posted on 02/10/2012 6:41:52 PM PST by Bob
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: naturalman1975

thanks for the info


52 posted on 02/10/2012 6:42:54 PM PST by goat granny
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 48 | View Replies]


 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks naturalman1975. World War II ping.

Just adding to the catalog, not sending a general distribution.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


53 posted on 02/10/2012 6:58:22 PM PST by SunkenCiv (FReep this FReepathon!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: yefragetuwrabrumuy
They try to suggest that Pvt. Slovik was the only one, but this is not the case.

Pvt. Slovik was the only SHOT, nothing is said about the only one to be executed, at least not in the texts I have read.

54 posted on 02/10/2012 6:58:48 PM PST by calex59
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 38 | View Replies]

To: 21twelve

Sounds like a season or two of the A-Team.


55 posted on 02/10/2012 6:59:24 PM PST by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 50 | View Replies]

To: 21twelve

Sounds like a season or two of the A-Team.


56 posted on 02/10/2012 6:59:53 PM PST by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 50 | View Replies]

To: Bob; 21twelve

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy


57 posted on 02/10/2012 8:38:47 PM PST by GreenLanternCorps ("Barack Obama" is Swahili for "Jimmy Carter".)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 51 | View Replies]

To: Verginius Rufus

My family, too, knew someone who survived the Bataan march.

The man was highly critical of MacArthur, saying the General evacuated his furniture rather than Army nurses, leaving them to the Japanese.


58 posted on 02/10/2012 10:10:05 PM PST by SatinDoll (NO FOREIGN NATIONALS AS OUR U.S.A. PRESIDENT)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 36 | View Replies]

To: Steely Tom

Roswell Mexico.


59 posted on 02/11/2012 12:19:37 AM PST by itsahoot (I will Vote for Palin, even if I have to write her in.(Recycled Tagline))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: Jonty30

That’s crazy.


60 posted on 02/11/2012 12:24:08 AM PST by Post5203 (Newter 0bama...The real Axis of Evil...Washington, New York City and Hollywood.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first previous 1-2021-4041-6061-62 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson