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Honoring Our Diverse Military Troops—PICTURES

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May 25, 2012, 5:30 a.m.

Pres­id­ent Harry Tru­man es­tab­lished equal op­por­tun­ity and treat­ment in the U.S. mil­it­ary branches with an ex­ec­ut­ive or­der in 1948, but ser­vice mem­bers of col­or had been fight­ing for dec­ades be­fore that.

(RE­LATED: First Black Gradu­ate of Nav­al Academy Dies)

His­tory books re­cord ser­vice mem­bers of col­or, in­clud­ing Afric­an-Amer­ic­ans, Asi­ans and His­pan­ics, and wo­men serving in some ca­pa­city for the mil­it­ary since the Re­volu­tion­ary War.

Me­mori­al Day of­ten marks the un­of­fi­cial start of sum­mer for Amer­ic­ans, but it’s more im­port­antly a day to re­mem­ber our fallen troops.

In hon­or of the hol­i­day, we’ve as­sembled a small col­lec­tion of just a few ex­traordin­ary ser­vice­men and wo­men and their ac­com­plish­ments.

Pho­tos are provided cour­tesy of the De­part­ment of De­fense.

Pres­id­ent Harry Tru­man es­tab­lished equal op­por­tun­ity and treat­ment in the U.S. mil­it­ary branches with an ex­ec­ut­ive or­der in 1948, but ser­vice mem­bers of col­or had been fight­ing for dec­ades be­fore that.

His­tory books re­cord ser­vice mem­bers of col­or, in­clud­ing Afric­an-Amer­ic­ans, Asi­ans and His­pan­ics, and wo­men serving in some ca­pa­city for the mil­it­ary since the Re­volu­tion­ary War.

Me­mori­al Day of­ten marks the un­of­fi­cial start of sum­mer for Amer­ic­ans, but it’s more im­port­antly a day to re­mem­ber our fallen troops.

In hon­or of the hol­i­day, we’ve as­sembled a small col­lec­tion of just a few ex­traordin­ary ser­vice­men and wo­men and their ac­com­plish­ments.

Pres­id­ent Harry Tru­man es­tab­lished equal op­por­tun­ity and treat­ment in the U.S. mil­it­ary branches with an ex­ec­ut­ive or­der in 1948, but ser­vice mem­bers of col­or had been fight­ing for dec­ades be­fore that.

 

His­tory books re­cord ser­vice mem­bers of col­or, in­clud­ing Afric­an-Amer­ic­ans, Asi­ans and His­pan­ics, and wo­men serving in some ca­pa­city for the mil­it­ary since the Re­volu­tion­ary War.

 

Me­mori­al Day of­ten marks the un­of­fi­cial start of sum­mer for Amer­ic­ans, but it’s more im­port­antly a day to re­mem­ber our fallen troops.

 

In hon­or of the hol­i­day, we’ve as­sembled a small col­lec­tion of just a few ex­traordin­ary ser­vice­men and wo­men and their ac­com­plish­ments.

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