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  • outdoorsguy

    July 22, 2023 at 7:16 am

    Inside Tony Bennett’s Civil Rights Work, Marching with Martin Luther King Jr. and Liberating Nazi Camp

    Tony Bennett was more than a legendary jazz vocalist. He was also a soldier who witnessed horrors as he fought in World War II and was enraged by racism. As his career skyrocketed and he became a voice of his generation, he never lost sight of what he truly cared about: advocating for equal rights.

    Bennett — who died on Friday at age 96 — was drafted into the U.S. Army at age 18 in 1944. The next year, he was deployed to Europe with the 63rd Infantry Division where he replaced deceased soldiers in the frontlines at the Battle of the Bulge. He opened up about his experience in his 1988 autobiography The Good Life.

    His division fought its way across Germany and he was among the soldiers who liberated the Kaufering Concentration Camp, which was the largest subcamp of the Dachau complex. Days later, the war in Europe ended with Nazi Germany’s unconditional surrender and Bennett (born Anthony Dominick Benedetto) was sent to Mannheim as a part of the Allied occupation force of postwar Germany.

    It was there that he first picked up the microphone and would entertain the troops with his vocal talent and began singing with the 314th Army Special Services Band.


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