African-American US Army WAC Pfc Johnnie Mae Welton conducting a lab experiment in the serology lab at Fort Jackson Station Hospital, Fort Jackson, South Carolina, United States, 20 Mar 1944B-17 bomber of US 447th Bomb Group in flight toward Frankfurt, Germany, 20 Mar 1944Commissioning Ceremony of Mason, Boston Navy Yard, Massachusetts, United States, 20 Mar 1944; note Lt Cmdr Blackford in center, African-American crew, and LST in backgroundTBF-1C aircraft exploding in water near USS Coral Sea, 20 Mar 1944
African-American US Army WAC Pfc Johnnie Mae Welton conducting a lab experiment in the serology lab at Fort Jackson Station Hospital, Fort Jackson, South Carolina, United States, 20 Mar 1944B-17 bomber of US 447th Bomb Group in flight toward Frankfurt, Germany, 20 Mar 1944Commissioning Ceremony of Mason, Boston Navy Yard, Massachusetts, United States, 20 Mar 1944; note Lt Cmdr Blackford in center, African-American crew, and LST in backgroundTBF-1C aircraft exploding in water near USS Coral Sea, 20 Mar 1944
Three African-American sailors of USS Mason, Boston Navy Yard, Massachusetts, United States, 20 Mar 1944
Three African-American sailors of USS Mason, Boston Navy Yard, Massachusetts, United States, 20 Mar 1944


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James Forrestal, Secretary of the Navy, 23 Feb 1945