At a recent reunion of seven of the 11 brothers, they reminisced about what it was like to be black in the U.S. military in the 20th century.
11 brothers from Alabama, 158 years of U.S. military service
Lebronze, 70, saw the heaviest fighting of the group: He survived jungle ambushes as an Army soldier in Vietnam, where he developed advanced napping skills.
"I can go out in any bushes and sleep like a Holiday Inn," Lebronze said. "You learn how to do it because you are so tired. But guess what, you can hear a gnat go by you."