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Al Picozzi's insight:
Amazing to think that it took a war to let African-Americans serve their country. It was still a segregated military in World War II, not just for African-Americans but also for Japanese Americans, albeit for different reasons. The segregation was even worse in the Marines, who did not have any African-American troops in the service. It took the re-election of FDR for a thrid term and the support of African-American leaders to get him re-elected to start to allow African-Americans into the Marines.