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Percy Ricks Jr.

...before President Harry S. Truman officially desegregated the Army - the soldier made history by becoming the first black noncommissioned officer to lead a racially integrated unit. Although Mr. Ricks retired in 1962 as a master sergeant, the Army...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2002/07/20/edi_349213.shtml
Editorials
Ricks led unit with diversity

...of the first integrated unit at the Army Pictorial Center in Long Island, N.Y. He is said to be the first black noncommissioned officer to command a racially mixed unit. Army segregation would not end for two more years, when President Truman...

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

...Augusta resident who in 1946 became the first black noncommissioned officer of an integrated Army unit. The funeral...Long Island, N.Y. He is said to be the first black noncommissioned officer in charge of an integrated unit JANUARY...

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