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78th Tank Battalion

The 78th Tank Battalion was the first Black Armor Unit formed by the U.S. Army, January 13, 1941. The men reported to Ft. Knox, KY to begin warfare training in March 1941. The battalion was re-designated the 758th Tank Battalion in May of that year. It was the first African American tank battalion to fight in World War II. The battalion was reactivated in 1946 and re-designated as the 64th Tank Battalion, later fighting in the Korean War.

For more see Liberators: fighting on two fronts in World War II, by L. Potter, et al; Dale E. Wilson, "The Army's Segregated Tank Battalions in World War II," Army History, no. 32, Fall 1994, pp. 14-17; and, for the Korean War, see 4th Battalion - 64th Armor Regiment at

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