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Unknown [African American soldier posing in front of a fuel truck]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09612.11 Author/Creator: Unknown Place Written: Germany Type: Photograph Date: 1961 Pagination: 1 Photograph : b&w ; 8.3 x 11.4 cm.

A photograph of an African American soldier posing in front of a fuel truck. His last name is Lawson based on his name plate. Lawson is a private in the 3rd armored division called Spearhead.

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