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Black Korean War Vet Recalls
Military’s Integration
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Retired Army Sgt. 1 st Class Dan LaMar and his friend, Lillie R. Brown, pose on the Washington Mall after the dedication of the Korean War Veterans Memorial postage stamp on July 27, 2003. Photo by Rudi Williams
SILVER SPRING, Md., May 4, 2004 — Dan LaMar wasn’t choosy about which armed service he joined. He just wanted to get away from backbreaking farm work, cutting white men’s hair and shining their shoes in his father’s barber and shoe repair shop.

He also wanted to escape the blatant discriminatory practices in Macon, Ga., during the early 1950s.

Shortly before his 17 th birthday, LaMar tried to dupe a Navy recruiter into thinking he was 18, but the recruiter wasn’t fooled. So the desperate teenager waited impatiently until a few days before his 18 th birthday before signing up for the Marines.

Full Story by Rudi Williams
American Forces Press Service

World War II Flying 'Ace' Salutes
Racial Progress
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WWII aviator "Ace"
Lee Andrew
WASHINGTON, Feb. 20, 2004 – Decora ted World War II aviator and "Ace" Lee Andrew Archer Jr., 84, says he dreamed of becoming a fighter pilot at an early age.

The Yonkers, N.Y.-born veteran recalled reading comic books during his boyhood that featured illustrated stories depicting World War I duels in the skies between Germany's Baron von Richthofen and allied fliers.

Full Story by Gerry Gilmore
American Forces Press Service

Symposium Seeks Minorities for
Defense Department
TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Feb. 20, 2004 – Defense Department officials tried to put DoD's best foot forward in attracting minority students to seek careers in the department at Florida A&M University here Feb. 18-19.

DoD held a career exposition Feb. 18 for middle school, high school and college students to see presentations and visit exhibits set up by the military academies, ROTC programs and civilian internship programs.

Full Story by Rudi Williams
American Forces Press Service

Updated: 04 May 2004
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