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    The 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, the African American women who served overseas during WWII

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    African American WACs (U.S. Army), World War II by Black History Album, via Flickr

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During World War II, Josephine Baker served with the French Red Cross and was an active member of the French resistance movement. Using her career as a cover Baker became an intelligence agent, carrying secret messages written in invisible ink on her sheet music. She was awarded honor of the Croix de Guerre, and received a Medal of the Resistance in 1946.

black soldiers stationed in france during world war II. inscription reads "to nelson, always my ace, lucky"

Eugene Bullard, the first African American combat pilot. Born in Georgia, Bullard left for Europe in his teens (he later claimed to have seen his father narrowly escape lynching). He worked as a boxer in Paris, then joined the French Army during World War I. Bullard was severely wounded at Verdun, and after he recovered he joined the French Air Service.

African American troops, World War Two (looks like Europe, but the photo is uncredited and untraceable, alas. rw)

May 23, 1900 Sergeant William Harvey Carney becomes the first African American to be awarded the Medal of Honor, for his heroism on May 23, 1863 in the Assault on the Battery Wagner during the Civil War.