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War Department The President of the United States of America

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09587.159 Author/Creator: War Department Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Printed document signed Date: 8 July 1947 Pagination: 1 p. ; 30 x 20 cm.

Summary of Content: Document appointing Eugene Warsenure Williams First Lieutenant, Air Corps. Below the title, an engraving of an eagle. Signed by the Adjutant General (illegible).

People: Williams, Eugene W. (1925 - 1949)

Historical Era: 1945 to the Present

Subjects: African American HistoryMilitary PersonnelMilitary ServiceAir ForceAirplanesPilotAfrican American TroopsPromotionWashington, D.C.

Sub Era: Postwar Politics and the Cold War

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