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Guard Salutes Fallen New York City Apartment Fire Hero Story

A World War I poster depicting stevedores at work.
African American Troops Fought to Fight in World War I Story

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DoD Honors Life, Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. Story

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Honoring First African-American Chief From 137 Special Operations Wing Story

A soldier salutes another soldier holding a flag.
Deputy Commanding General of Army Human Resources Command Retires Story

Tuskegee Airman Col. (retired) Charles McGee shares his experiences during WWII and the challenges he and his fellow African-American service members overcame. DoD News Video Screen Shot
Tuskegee Airmen’s Legacy Continues to Inspire Detroit Region Story

A woman poses for a photo next to medical equipment.
Liberian Refugee Gives Back as Member of Air Force Story

A woman watches as another woman signs a book at a desk.
First African-American Woman POW Visits University Class Story

People carry a large tree limb.
Soldiers Help Uncover, Honor African-American History Story

An audience watches a group of performers on stage in front of a quote and an image of Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream is Airman’s Reality Story

The vice president speaks from behind a podium.
Vice President Honors African-American Military Heroes at West Point Story

A group of military cadets march with weapons and gear.
First Female African-American Selected as Brigade Commander at West Point Story

An airman places a piece of paper on a white board.
Refugee Lives Dream as American Airman Story

A historic photo of Women's Army Corps members.
Sorting the Mail, Blazing A Trail: African-American Women in World War II Story

Army Sgt. William H. Carney was the first of the nation’s 88 African American Medal of Honor recipients, earning the medal during the Union Army’s charge on Fort Wagner during the Civil War. Army photo
Sgt. William Carney: First African American Medal Of Honor Recipient Story

The first African American soldier on duty at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, then-Spc. 4th Class Fred Moore, walks his relief in 1961 at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. Moore, who was described by other members of his relief as a “straight trooper,” didn’t realize the importance of his post until an article was published in a 1961 issue of Ebony magazine, highlighting the cultural and historical significance. Photo courtesy of Fred Moore
First African American Tomb Guard Recalls ‘Walking the Mat’ Story