Americans Build the Ledo/Burma Road
By Geraldine Seay
Thousands of American Army personnel were called upon to construct the 1079-mile Ledo/Stilwell Road, and of 15,000 troops called, more than 60% were African Americans. The first and last battalions on the scene were the 45th, 823rd, and the 858th Engineers, respectively, all African American Battalions. There were Black road builders, and trucking companies; at least, two Black station hospitals filled with Black nurses, Black doctors, Black dentists, and laboratory technicians; and thousands more African Americans serving in various capacities.
Dr. Geraldine Seay, Ph.D. is a faculty member at the School of Business and Industry, Florida A & M University.