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Remembering the Legacy - African Americans in the Military Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates African Americans in the Military Slide Show John H. Lawson Martin Luther King Breakfast The 2007 U.S. Presidential African American Proclamation Lieutenant Henry Ossian Flipper, U.S. Army 1856-1940 Buffalo Soldier bugler Willa Beatrice Brown Seaman Dorie Miller  Charles B. Hall
A Long Tradition of Distinguished Service
WASHINGTON, Feb. 1, 2007 – African-Americans have a long tradition of honorable and distinguished service in America’s armed forces, going back 231 years to the nation’s birth -- and even before.  Story | Timeline
'Buffalo Soldiers' Earned Indians' Respect
WASHINGTON, Feb. 1, 2007 – The African-American cavalrymen known as “Buffalo Soldiers” proved that they could ride, shoot and fight as well as anyone else during their service on the American frontier. Story | Photos: Buffalo Soldiers on the Eve of War |
Buffalo Soldiers National Museum
Airmen Proved Mettle in World War II
WASHINGTON, Feb. 1, 2007 – African Americans were grounded in the U.S. military until the establishment in Alabama of a unique combat flight training program that began on the eve of America’s entry into World War II.  Story | Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. - A non-profit org | Story: Tuskegee Airmen Leave Strong Legacy
'Red Ball Express' Supplied Patton’s Drive
WASHINGTON, Feb. 1, 2007 – Gen. George S. Patton, famed commander of the U.S. 3rd Army during World War II, was indebted to the courageous efforts of African-American truck drivers who kept tankers and infantry supplied during Patton’s push toward Germany in the fall of 1944.  Story
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"First African American Marines decorated by the famed Second Marine Division somewhere in the Pacific (left to right) Staff Sgt Timerlate Kirven...and Cpl. Samuel J. Love, Sr... They received Purple Hearts for wounds received in the Battle of Saipan..." National Archives photo.  Hi-Res Photo
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  2007 Presidential Proclamation
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  Integration of the Armed Forces
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Medal of Honor - WWII African-American Recipients
Buffalo Soldiers National Museum
Photos: Buffalo Soldiers on the Eve of War
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