Thursday, February 19, 2009

black Ohio war hero's story whitewashed in old comic

"Folks in Steubenville, Ohio, were excited to learn that their own hometown hero Frank McGee won not only the Silver Star for his bravery during the Korean War, but that he would be immortalized in a comic book dedicated to war heroes.

"The excitement soured when 'Heroic Comics' #81 came out early in 1953, containing the story about how a wounded Cpl. McGee saved his platoon from machine-gun wielding North Korean soldiers on Hill 528.

"The story was mostly accurate except for one thing – it portrayed McGee as white."

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