By Master Sgt. Adam Willett, 152nd Airlift Wing
/ Published January 29, 2021
The Department of Defense (DoD) recognizes the valiant efforts of African Americans during World War II. The contributions and sacrifices made by African American Service members as well as those who served on the home front will always be remembered.
African Americans played an immeasurable role in the United States’ Armed Forces during World War II, serving bravely and with distinction from the initial attack on Pearl Harbor to the last days of the Pacific campaign. Although the United States Armed Forces weren’t officially segregated until 1948, WWII laid the foundation for post-war integration of the military. Over 2.5 million African-American men registered for the draft, and Black women volunteered in large numbers. While serving in the Army, Army Air Forces, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and War Department they served with distinction, made valuable contributions to the war effort, and earned well-deserved praise and commendations for their struggles and sacrifices. This month, the DoD pays tribute to the African American men and women who not only forever changed the course of history but also redefined the United States military.
“Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices.” – President Harry S. Truman
If you would like more information on how to celebrate diversity in your work area please visit www.deomi.org or contact the 152nd Equal Opportunity Office in Building 56 Room 9B, call 788-4649, or email Master Sgt. Adam Willett, EO Director, firstname.lastname@example.org.