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Nov 11, 2022
World War II: A Black American soldier’s journal
The information on the Death Notice was spare and emotionless. “Theodore Roosevelt ‘Wheeler’ Wilson, age 81 of Mount Vernon, Indiana….
This is why Lt. Col. Lee Archer is one of the most famous pilots in history
America is a young nation that rapidly evolved from fledgling colonies to a super power on the world stage. The…
Who the original Buffalo Soldiers were and how they got their nickname
After the Civil War, many Black Americans began enlisting in the U.S. Army because it was a way to earn…
Black Americans volunteered to fight Axis Italy in droves before the US entered WWII
In New York’s Harlem, the Italian invasion of a worldwide symbol of African unity and the last independent African nation was too much.
‘The Red Ball Express’ kept the Allies supplied and armed after the D-Day breakout
After storming the beaches of Normandy and fighting through the hedgerows of the French countryside, the Allied forces invading Nazi-occupied…
Here’s why Colonel Young rode 450 miles to get a new Army rank
Teddy Roosevelt even wanted him to lead a volunteer regiment in World War I. There was just one problem: Colonel Charles Young was black.
These 8 Black-American heroes received Medals of Honor decades later
These black Medal of Honor recipients received their awards for their actions decades after the battles. Learn why here.
These were America’s first black paratroopers
During World War II a company of service soldiers became the world’s first black paratroopers and then made history as smokejumpers.
The Army’s first Black female three-star grew up an orphan
Two months ago Nadja Y. West became the Army’s first black surgeon general, and on Feb. 9 she will be promoted to lieutenant general, the first female U.S. Military Academy graduate as well as the first African-American woman to hold that ran…
This African American Green Beret battled communists and racism in Vietnam
Colonel Paris Davis is one of the first Black officers to earn the coveted Green Beret of U.S. Special Forces….
The first Black Marine Corps aviator was the Corps’ first Black general
When Frank E. Petersen, Jr. retired from the Marine Corps in 1988, he was not only the senior ranking aviator…
The only all-Black, all-female battalion that served overseas during WWII
For troops on the frontlines, receiving mail from home is a welcome reprieve from the stress and dangers of combat….
5 inspiring Black vets who fought for civil rights
During World War II and the Korean War, the United States trained over 1.5 million African American soldiers. Aside from…
The Army posthumously promoted the first black Colonel to General
Rising through the ranks requires a person to demonstrate great leadership, competence, and trust, among other qualities. For some service…
Armistead was Marquis de Lafayette’s slave. He was also his friend – and a spy.
James Armistead was an enslaved African-American man who was born in Virginia. Different historical sources put his birth in either…
Today in military history: First black general in the USAF
On Oct. 27, 1954, Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. became the first black general in the United States Air Force, following…