Isaac Woodard

Isaac Woodard Biography, Age, Height, Wife, Book, Life Story, Linwood Shull, Death, Net Worth and News

Isaac Woodard Jr. was a decorated African American World War II veteran. Hours after being honorably discharged from the United States Army on 12th February 1946, was attacked while still in uniform by South Carolina police as he was taking a bus home. was attacked while still in uniform by South Carolina police as he was taking a bus home.

Isaac Woodard

 

Isaac Woodard Biography

Isaac Woodard Jr. was a decorated African American World War II veteran. Hours after being honorably discharged from the United States Army on 12th February 1946, was attacked while still in uniform by South Carolina police as he was taking a bus home. was attacked while still in uniform by South Carolina police as he was taking a bus home.

The attack and his injuries sparked national outrage and galvanized the civil rights movement in the  United States. Such miscarriages of justice by state governments influenced a move towards civil rights initiatives at the federal level.

Truman subsequently established a national interracial commission, made a historic speech to the NAACP and the nation in June 1947 in which he described civil rights as a moral priority, submitted a civil rights bill to Congress in February 1948, and issued Executive Orders 9980 and 9981 on June 26, 1948, desegregating the armed forces and the federal government.

Isaac Woodard Age

He was born 18th March 1919, Fairfield County, South Carolina, United States. He was 73 years old when he died on 23rd September 1992, The Bronx, New York City, New York, United States.

Isaac Woodard Height

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Isaac Woodard Family

He was one of nine children of Sarah and Isaac Woodard Sr., He was born on March 8, 1919, on a farm in Fairfield County, South Carolina. The Woodard family, as landless sharecroppers, was on the lowest rung of what was essentially a feudal society. His family struggled to subsist, and the Woodard children frequently worked in the fields rather than attend school. He quited School at age of 11, after completing the fifth grade, and left home at 15 in search of relief from the family’s crushing poverty. His mother would later observe that Fairfield County whites, who owned virtually all of the land and wealth of the community, did not “think of a Negro as they do a dog. Looks as if all they want is our work.”

Isaac Woodard Wife

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Isaac Woodard Education

According to our research, Isaac attended local segregated schools, often underfunded for African Americans during the Jim Crow years.

 Isaac Woodard Career

He enlisted in the U.S. Army at Fort Jackson in Columbia, South Carolina on 14th October 1942 at the age of 23 years old. He served in the Pacific Theater in a labor battalion as a longshoreman and was promoted to sergeant. He later earned a battle star for his Asiatic-Pacific Theater Campaign Medal by unloading ships under enemy fire in New Guinea, and received the Good Conduct Medal as well as the Service medal and World War II Victory Medal awarded to all American participants. He then received an honorable discharge.

Isaac Woodard Net Worth

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Isaac Woodard Book

Unexampled Courage: The Blinding of Sgt. Isaac Woodard and the …
Book by Richard Gergel
 

Linwood Shull

He was one of the sheriffs who dragged Woodard off the bus and repeatedly jabbed him in both eyes with their police batons, blinding him as he was on his way to meet his wife. The beating was later reported to Truman by NAACP leaders in a meeting at the White House on September 19, 1946. Truman was shocked and both opened a Justice Department investigation into the case and promised to create what would become the President’s Committee on Civil Rights, the first national civil rights commission.

Isaac Woodard Death

He died on 23rd September 1992, The Bronx, New York City, New York, United States.

Isaac Woodard Life Story

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Isaac Woodard News

Town honors an African-American WWII veteran blinded in a 1946 police beating

 

(CNN)A South Carolina town has honored an African-American World War II veteran more than 70 years after he was beaten and blinded by local police.

Officials and community leaders in Batesburg-Leesville unveiled a historical marker of the attack on Sgt. Isaac Woodard Jr.
Woodard had just gotten out of the Army in February 1946 and was on his way home when he got into a dispute with the bus driver after asking to get off to use the bathroom.
The driver complained to the Batesburg police, including Lynwood Shull, the town’s white police chief. They brutally beat Woodard, who was still in his Army uniform, and thew him in jail. He was convicted of drunk and disorderly conduct and fined.
The officers were later charged with violating Woodard’s civil rights and acquitted.
“I am sorry that this happened and I apologize for this happening,” said Batesville-Leesburg Mayor Lancer Shull during the dedication ceremony. The mayor shares the same last name as the police chief but says they are not related and that his family comes from Missouri.
Shull and other city officials worked to vacate Woodard’s conviction last year.
“Forgiveness does not condone and it does not forget the act, but for those of us, we can vow to make sure that this act never happens again,” he said.
 
Woodard died in 1992, but his nephew, Robert Young, and other relatives came from New York for the ceremony.
Young said his uncle was his best friend, a leader in their community and his family’s “illustrious, famous hero.”
“Although they took his sight away in the end he was still able to see the creation of appropriate and specific laws needed to fight the inequities and injustice that he suffered at the hands of his fellow men as he returned from the war that he had no say in,” Young said.
The attack helped inspire President Harry Truman to create the President’s Committee on Civil Rights and to integrate the US military in 1948.
Woodard joined the US Army at Fort Jackson in nearby Columbia, where more than 48,000 soldiers go through basic training each year.
Fort Jackson’s commander, Brig. Gen. Milford Beagle Jr., is African-American and said that Woodard helped pave the way for him and made the military stronger and more diverse.
He said he hoped that Woodard never doubted that his sacrifices made a contribution.
“He helped build the bridge that many like me used to cross the river of inequality injustice and prejudice,” Beagle said. “The pain that he suffered led to the betterment of future soldiers, the Army and our nation.”
 

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