Clipped From The Daily Telegram
branches. It is an American army that is .being created. Down at Tuskegee, Alabama, the 99th Pursuit Squadron, is completing training it began last September. It is an air unit composed entirely of young Negroes, and the cadets when they have completed their flying instruction are to be commissioned as second lieutenants and assigned immediately to' the training of new Negro cadets. The army has set plans in motion for organizing the 93rd infantry division and it will be composed of Negro regiments now in service and additional men drawn from various replacement centers. Its artillery components also will be made up of Negro batteries. The entire enlisted personnel of the 758th Tank Battalion stationed at Claiborne, La., is composed of Negro soldiers. In addition the 184th Field Artillery, the 366th and 372nd Infantry and the 369 Coast Artillery regiments are composed of Negroes and staffed by Negro officers from lieutenants to colonels. There is no line of color or race in this national crisis. An event at Fort Knox, Ky., illustrates that point. The main parade ground there has been named Brooks Field in honor of the first casualty of the armored force in the Philippines. Private Robert H. Brooks for whom the parade ground has been named was a Negro soldier. He died on the battlefield near Fort Stotsenburg on the first day of America's participation in the war.