The QSMV Dominion Monarch from “Suppressed I Rise”
With boarding passes in hand Adeline led her children, each carrying a small suitcase, up the long gangway onto the Dominion Monarch, which would soon be heading towards South Africa. There were other gangways closer to the water line for the troops that were coming aboard for their voyage home. It was amazing to note the number of black soldiers that were returning to their countries and a tribal way of life. Although World War II is usually thought of as a European war, there were many black soldiers, frequently talked about using derogatory terms by people that should have known better. Regardless of their color the majority of sldiers had been conscripted and fought valiantly with the Allies. Now they would be returning to their homes in Africa, the same as Adeline and her children were, but because of their color their lives would remain drastically different.
Photo Caption: QSMV Dominion Monarch Arriving in Durban with South African troops. – April 1946. (Visit Captain Hank Bracker Facebook account.)
Captain Hank Bracker, who served with the U.S. Military Intelligence Corps, is the author of the multi-award winning book, “The Exciting Story of Cuba” and has now written “Suppressed I Rise.” This book is for anyone interested in a very personal human view, of the history of World War II. A mother’s attempt to protect and raise her two young daughters in hostile NAZI Germany challenges her sensibilities and resourcefulness. Both books will be at the NYC Book Exhibit at the Jacob Javits Center, this summer between May 31st & June 2nd, but are presently available at Amazon.com, Barnes&Noble.com, BooksAMillion.com and many Independent Book Stores.