National Affairs: Side by Side

"It has been demonstrated that in combat in Korea, Negro soldiers serve more effectively in integrated units." With this terse announcement by the Army, Supreme Commander General Matt Ridgway last week broke up the Army's famous all-Negro 24th Infantry Regiment. Within six months, by his order, all segregated units in the Far East Command, both combat and service, will be abolished, and their men will be moved into units side by side with white troops.

The battle history of the 24th gave solid proof of the military wisdom of Ridgway's order. The 24th, all-Negro...

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