History of the  Black community in Lakeland fl 1885 - 1985

Veterans in the Community

Spanish-American War



Period of Service:

Korean War

Vietnam War


World War II:  1939 - 1945

World War II (or WWII), also known as the second world war, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945--although it culminated from some related conflicts that began earlier.  It involved the vast majority of the world's nations including all of the great powers.  Eventually the powers formed two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis.


WWII was the most widespread ware in history, and directly involved more than 100 million people from over 30 countries.  In a state of "total war" the major participants threw their entire economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities behind the war effort, erasing the distinction between civilian and the military resources.


The war also was marked by a large number of civilian deaths including the Holocaust in which about 11 million were killed); in the strategic bombing of industrial and population centers in which about one million were killed; and in the atomic bombings of Hiroshi and Nagasaki in where an estimated 50 to 80 million were killed.


Black soldiers from Lakeland who served in World War II are:

Bunky Matthews

United States Army

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Brown-Johnson, Leatha

Johnson, Floyd

Matthews, Bunky

Henry Otis Harris






The information displayed in this section is a small portion of information about the veterans from Lakeland's Black community during the first 100 years.   We know there is more.  Contact Us if you have information like pictures you don't mind sharing.