North Omaha, World War II
During World War II, the Hastings Naval Ammunition Depot (NAD), located
150 miles west of Omaha, played a central role in the nation’s war
effort. Life on the base usually consisted of work, work, and more work.
Soldier's responsibilities included everything from cleaning up to
loading munitions to playing to entertain officers and visitng
dignitaries. However, Hastings offered Black soldiers few entertainment
options when they were given a pass to leave the base. As a result,
Black troops looked toward North Omaha when they wanted to relax and
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Military Service, Civil War
During the years of the Civil War thousands of African Americans played a
crucial role in defending our freedoms. As the guns fell silent across
the nation these newly minted veterans saw new lives in the North.
Hundreds of veterans and their families established themselves in Omaha.
Among those who made Omaha home are three men: Edward Jones, Josiah
Waddle, July Miles. We learned about the roles they played in one of the
pivotal conflicts in our history.
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North Omaha, Military Service, Vietnam
America began taking direct military action in Vietnam in 1964 and ended
the draft and signed peace accords in 1973. North Vietnam and South
Vietnam were at war over the issue of communism. This conflict was a
continuation of the Cold War between the United States and Soviet Union.
The United States supported South Vietnam because it was non-communist.
This controversial conflict created tension in the United States, which
coincided with social, political, and racial unrest. The United States
military drafted many African Americans to fight in Vietnam. This
website celebrates the lives and contributions of Omaha’s Black Vietnam
For more information click here, Military Service: Vietnam