Thursday, October 19, 1944
The Denver Post didn’t make much of it but something momentous happened today: the U.S. Navy began admitting African-American women to serve as administrative officers in the Women’s Reserve of the U.S. Navy. Despite this groundbreaking order, Black women remained largely unrepresented in the naval branch. Of the more than 80,000 women serving during World War II, only 72 were African-American. Many more African-American women served as nurses. African-American men have long been in the Armed Forces but not in integrated units.