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Thu, 07.20.1950

24th Infantry Black Troop Achieves The First American Korean War Victory

On this date in 1950, the first American victory in Korea was won by Black troops in the Army’s 24th Infantry Regiment.

The victory happened at Yechon, where Captain Charles M. Bussey, a World War II Tuskegee Airman, was the ground commander.  He earned a Silver Star.

During the Korean War, two Black soldiers were awarded Congressional Medals of Honor: Private First Class William Thompson, mortally wounded by a grenade; and Sergeant Cornelius H. Charlton, who died of wounds received during his heroic exploits.

Both men were in the 24th Infantry.

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Reference:

Korean War Legacy.org

Veteran Returns.com

Library of Congress
101 Independence Avenue S.E.
Washington D.C. 20540

Korean War Project
P.O. Box 180190
Dallas, Texas
75218-0190
214-320-0342

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