The Red Tails in color: Glorious image of the legendary Tuskegee Airmen of World War II stands as testament to the valor and bravery of the unit 72-years after their first combat mission

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American history has never looked brighter as colorized images of historical moments and people are featured in Michael D. Carroll's new book, Retrographic: History's most exciting images transformed into living color.

The Tuskegee Airmen are one of the significant figures presented in the book with black and white stills and a colorized image as they were a crucial part in the eventual integration of the US armed forces.

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The first ever unit of its kind was composed of African American airmen serving in the US military against the Nazis in World War II.

In 1940, a year before the 'Tuskegee experiment' was activated, the United States Army Air Corps reversed its position on accepting black flight program applicants due to pressure from black activists, the press, other political groups and President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

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However, the higher ranking military officials were not fully committed to this change and anticipated that the program would fail spectacularly.

The Army's decisions about blacks in its ranks were still influenced by a 1925 Army War College report called The Use of Negro Manpower in War, according to

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The 67-page report was full of cruel and untrue generalizations about the behavior of black men during wartime and the black race in general.

But despite being subject to intense segregation abroad and at home, the airmen were determined to create a 'record of excellence during their training and future war service so there could be no doubt about their value as patriots and aviators'.

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And as a result of their bravery and heroism, the Tuskegee Airmen were awarded numerous honors including Distinguished Flying Crosses, Legions of Merit, Silver Stars and Purple Hearts.

The Tuskegee Airmen were named after the Alabama...
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