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Photo-Howard A. Wooten

1.   Howard A. Wooten. Graduated December 1944 from Air Corps School, Tuskegee, AL.
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Photo-99 Fighter Squadron

2.   Members of the 99th Fighter Squadron of the Army Air Forces, famous all-Black outfit, who are rapidly making themselves feared by enemy pilots, pose for a picture at the Anzio beachhead.
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Photo-`target for today'

3.   With an officer giving them pointers from a giant map, pilots of an American P-51 Mustang fighter-bomber group learn their `target for today' during a briefing at a base in Italy. Click photo for a screen resolution image.

Photo-WAACs at work

4.   WAACs at work in Temp. Bldg. M, 26th Street, Washington, DC, WAAC Headquarters. Left to right: Lts. Harriet West and Irma Cayton,...going over their recruiting schedule report. 1942. Wilfred Morgan.
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Photo-Gun Crew

5.   A gun crew of six Black sailors who were given the Navy Cross for standing by their gun when their ship was damaged by enemy attack in the Philippine area. Crew members: Jonell Copeland, AtM2/c; Que Gant, StM; Harold Clark, Jr., StM; James Eddie Dockery, StM; Alonzo Alexander Swann, StM; and Eli Benjamin, StM. Ca. 1945. Click photo for a screen resolution image.

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6.   Members of the Nation's first Black Navigation Cadets, who will receive their commissions in the Army Air Forces on Feb 26, 1944, visited City Hall as guests of Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia. They are shown on the steps of City Hall as the mayor greeted their commanding officer, Maj. Galen B. Price. February 16, 1944. Acme. Click photo for a screen resolution image.

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7.   Members of the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion take part in a parade ceremony in honor of Joan d'Arc at the marketplace where she was burned at the stake. May 27, 1945.Pfc. Stedman.
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Photo-1909th Engineers Aviation Battalion

8.   1909th Engineers Aviation Battalion (Negro) aboard LST 683.
August 15, 1945 Click photo for a screen resolution image.

Photo-Coast Guardsman Dorall Austin

9.   A startling change is affected by Coast Guardsman Dorall Austin, Steward's Mate 3rd Class, at the alarm of general quarters aboard his Coast Guard assault transport somewhere in the Pacific. With the enemy sighted Austin springs from his duty in the ship's galley to his battle station as a gunner... . Click photo for a screen resolution image.

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10.   Capt. Della H. Raney, Army Nurse Corps, who now heads the nursing staff at the station hospital at Camp Beale, CA, has the distinction of being the first Negro nurse to report to yuty in the present war... .
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