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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

Audience members stand for a color guard ceremony.
DoD Honors Life, Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. 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