On This Day in 1941, the Tuskegee Airmen were Established

On March 19, 1941, the U.S. War Department established the 99th Pursuit Squadron of the U.S. Army Air Corps (AAC) that would become the first unit consisting of African American pilots known as the Tuskegee Airmen. In a time when segregation was the law of the land, the Tuskegee Airmen pushed back on the prevalent racism within and outside the ranks of the U.S. military. … Continue reading On This Day in 1941, the Tuskegee Airmen were Established

On This Day in 1945, U.S. Marines Raised the Flag on Mount Suribachi

On this day is 1945, U.S. Marines raised the American flag on Iwo Jima’s Mount Suribachi after four days of fierce fighting to claim the island as an air base. There were two flag-raisings after a commander called for a larger flag to be put up to inspire the troops and demoralize the opposing forces. It was the 2nd raising that photographer Joe Rosenthal captured, … Continue reading On This Day in 1945, U.S. Marines Raised the Flag on Mount Suribachi

On This Day in 1945, the Battle of Iwo Jima Began

On this day in 1945, the Battle of Iwo Jima, an island located 750 miles off the coast of Japan, began in what would become some the bloodiest fighting of World War II. On February 19, 1945, U.S. Marines made an amphibious landing on the beaches of Iwo Jima to be met with hostile terrain that made it difficult to get firm footing for the … Continue reading On This Day in 1945, the Battle of Iwo Jima Began

On This Day in 1943, the U.S. Marine Corps Women’s Reserve was Formed

On this day in 1943, the U.S. Marine Corps’ Women’s Reserve was formed after months of delay following President Roosevelt’s signing of Public Law 689 on July 30, 1942. The law officially established the Women’s Reserve as a branch of the Naval Reserve for the Navy and Marine Corps. Its purpose, to free up officers and men for combat as the Women’s Reserve filled enlisted … Continue reading On This Day in 1943, the U.S. Marine Corps Women’s Reserve was Formed

COVID-19 & the LGBTQ+ Community, VA CLCs & People w/ HIV

This past week, several studies and reports were released related to COVID-19 and its effects on the LGBTQ+ community, the nation’s VA Community Living Centers (CLCs), and people with HIV. Below is a rundown on the facts and findings of each study along with links for your review. CDC Report: COVID-19 & Disparities Related to Sexual Orientation and Specific Racial/Ethnic Groups On February 5, 2021, … Continue reading COVID-19 & the LGBTQ+ Community, VA CLCs & People w/ HIV