Black Soldiers in World War II

By Various, National Archives.January 17, 2007

An overhead shot of the 41st Engineers taken during WWII.
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A poster from WWII encouraging the support of the Tuskegee Airmen.
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Officer Returns salute as he passes the cadets lined up during review. Tuskegee Field, AL.
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Capt. Benjamin Oliver Davis, Jr., of Washington D.C., climbing into an Advanced Trainer. Tuskegee, Alabama. January 1942.
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Auxiliaries Ruth Wade and Lucille Mayo (left to right) further demonstrate their ability to service trucks as taught them during the processing period at Fort Des Moines and put into practice at Fort Huachuca, Arizona. December 8, 1942.
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Six Soldiers pose for a photo while preparing for a rescue mission.
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Sgt. John C. Clark and S/Sgt. Ford M. Shaw (left to right) clean their rifles in bivouac area alongside the East West Trail, Bougainville. They are members of Co. F, 25th Combat Team, 93rd Division. April 4, 1944.
7 / 15 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Sgt. John C. Clark and S/Sgt. Ford M. Shaw (left to right) clean their rifles in bivouac area alongside the East West Trail, Bougainville. They are members of Co. F, 25th Combat Team, 93rd Division. April 4, 1944. (Photo Credit: Schuman, National Archives.) VIEW ORIGINAL
Lt. Gen. George S. Patton, U.S. Third Army commander, pins the Silver Star on Private Ernest A. Jenkins of New York City for his conspicuous gallantry in the liberation of Chateaudun, France. October 13, 1944.
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This mine detector crew is demonstrating what they do before going to work on or around telephone poles in France. Left to right: M/Sgt. Bennie Burns, Sgt. Vincent MacNeill, Sgt. Frank Mack, Pfc. Riggles McCutcheon, T/Sgt. John A. Barbee, and Sgt. Thomas G. Alexander. July 13, 1944.
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Brig. Gen. Benjamin O. Davis watches a Signal Corps crew erecting poles, somewhere in France. August 8, 1944.
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Two Soldiers proudly show off their personalized "Easter eggs" before firing them.
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Cpl. Carlton Chapman is a machine-gunner in an M-4 tank, attached to a Mortar Transport unit near Nancy, France. 761st Mt. Bn. November 5, 1944.
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Soldiers set up camp with the 543rd Transportation Unit.
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Buffalo Soldiers of the 25th Infantry Regiment take a break in a tent.
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Men of the Sixteenth Battalion, crack all-Negro training unit at the Field Artillery Replacement Center, Fort Bragg, NC, are shown in their daily rifle calisthenics. After nine weeks training the men have developed a rhythm and precision in these body building exercises that is seldom equalled by more experienced troops. February 1943.
15 / 15 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Men of the Sixteenth Battalion, crack all-Negro training unit at the Field Artillery Replacement Center, Fort Bragg, NC, are shown in their daily rifle calisthenics. After nine weeks training the men have developed a rhythm and precision in these body building exercises that is seldom equalled by more experienced troops. February 1943. (Photo Credit: National Archives) VIEW ORIGINAL