Despite systemic racism, Black soldiers forced their way into parachute training and took one major step toward integration.
Robert F. Williams (Ph.D., Ohio State University, 2023) is a historian of twentieth-century militaries and land warfare, with a particular interest in the organizational culture of the U.S. Army between World War II and Vietnam. His work on has been featured in the Journal of Military History, Military Review, On Point: The Journal of Army History, War on the Rocks, the Modern War Institute, Stars and Stripes, and the Columbus Dispatch.
He is currently a historian with the Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and is at work revising his dissertation into his first book, The Airborne Mafia: Culture and Change in the Cold War US Army.
Visit his website at https://www.rfmwilliams.com or connect on Twitter @rfmwilliams