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Celebrating Black History: The Service

African Americans have fought since their arrival as black slaves in the 17th century to the present day. Black soldiers have participated in every single war in which the United States has been involved, from the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Mexican American War, the Civil War, the First World War, the Second World War, the Vietnam War, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and all other conflicts, both major and minor. Not until July 26, 1948, with President Truman's signing of Executive Order 9981 that called for the desegregation of the Armed Forces were African Americans fully recognized as "equals" with their counterparts in the military.

The Double V Campaign, WWII

Blacks in the Military

Black Women in the Military

Black Soldiers in the Civil War