Congressional Black Caucus Veterans Braintrust Award

presented to

Bennie J. McRae, Jr.


September 8, 2006

Double Tree Hotel
1515 Rhode Island Avenue, NW
Washington, DC

Photos by

Mr. Clinton Williams
Temple Hills, Maryland


Bennie J. McRae, Jr., Military History Researcher, Lecturer & Website Manager for 'Lest We Forget,' 'Making of the United States of America,’ and 'African American Military History' 

Bennie McRae, Jr. is a native of Louisville, Alabama and served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War from August 1951 to July 1955. He retired in 1989 after 36 years of national service with the United States Air Force and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). After retiring, McRae visited numerous libraries, archives, and historic sites for the purpose of researching and documenting 19th century history focusing on United States Colored Troops and Contrabands in the Civil War, and Blacks in the regular Army on the western frontier. This interest resulted in the publishing of "Lest We Forget," a historical quarterly from 1992 until 1997. 

For the past twenty years, Bennie McRae has focused on researching the African American Military Experience and has been a frequent lecturer at various historical institutions on the subject of the Black Military Experience. Recently he served as a military consultant to two international television programs based on the African American military experience: "Black Soldier Blues," broadcast in 2005 on Australian television that documents African American soldiers serving in World War II southeast Asia, and this fall the BBC will broadcast its documentary on African American soldiers in World War II England. McRae is also the co-author of the book "Nineteenth Century Freedom Fighters," centered on Lieutenant Colonel Charles Tyler Trowbridge, Commander of South Carolina's 33rd United States Colored Infantry Regiment scheduled for release in January 2007. In addition, he is committed to supporting educational program that include the history of the United States Colored Troops, and last but not least he is the owner and website manager of three popular worldwide internet websites: "Lest We Forget (," “Making of the United States of America (," and “African American Military History (”


Bennie McRae, the Honorable Corrine Brown, Member of Congress, 3rd District - Florida, and Dr. Frank Smith, Founder and Director of the African American Civil War Memorial. Bennie McRae and Ms. Mae Bell, Nashville, Tennessee, Executive Director of the 2221 Association of Negro Volunteers of World War II. Mr. Lawrence Boris, Mount Vernon, New York, President, 2221 Association of Negro Volunteers of World War II and Bennie McRae. Mr. Boris served in the 394th Regiment, 99th Infantry Division.

Congressional Black Caucus Veterans Braintrust Reception and Awards Ceremony

Honorable Corrine Brown Visits the Dunbar House State Memorial, Dayton, Ohio

Congressional Black Caucus Veterans Braintrust Award presented to Mae Bell

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Bennie J. McRae, Jr.
Trotwood, Ohio