Army & Navy - NAVY: Negroes to the Sea

The Navy's 20-year ban against Negroes for anything but the Messman Branch was lifted last week.

The announcement was no surprise. The deal got a boost on Dec. 7 when heroic Doris Miller, Negro messman aboard the Pearl-Harbored Arizona, manned a machine gun, blasted away at Jap planes until his ammunition ran out. The idea speeded up when Joe Louis handed $89,00 fight proceeds to Navy Relief, was practically clinched when Wendell Willkie urged the Navy to drop its anti-Negro rule.

Under the new ruling, Negroes will get the same physical and mental entrance exams as everyone else, can apply for...

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