Honoring Our Diverse Military Troops--PICTURES
Updated: May 27, 2012 | 9:45 a.m.
May 25, 2012 | 9:30 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.
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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.