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Ricks led unit with diversity

...Within 11 months, the 22-year-old became one of the youngest first sergeants in the Army and became the commander of a black unit, in the 8th Army Air Corps in Africa in 1943. In the segregated Army, black soldiers were assigned to service...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2001/10/21/met_328053.shtml
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Featured obituary: Mr. Percy Ricks Jr.

...was drafted. In less than a year, he became one of the Army's youngest first sergeants and was appointed as commander of a black unit, the 8th Army Air Corps in Africa. After the war, Mr. Ricks was put in charge of the first integrated unit...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2002/07/18/obi_348993.shtml
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