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"Black in Space: Breaking the Color Barrier," scheduled to air Monday on the Smithsonian Channel, examines the race to get black astronauts into the heavens while fighting for human rights on earth. It shows how the astronauts surmounted racial barriers and hostile commanders to get close to the stars.




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Retired Lt. Gen. Charles Pitman Sr., whose heroics helped stop 1973 New Orleans sniper attack, dies at 84

Retired Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Charles “Chuck” Pitman Sr., who risked his life and military career to help New Orleans police halt the Howard Johnson’s hotel sniper attack that claimed seven lives in 1973, died Feb. 13 following a lengthy battle with cancer.


Flock of warbirds planned for Hawaii flyover on 75th anniversary of WWII's end

Planning for the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II has taken a major step forward with authorization for the military to transport up to 24 World War II-era aircraft and their pilots to and from Pearl Harbor for the commemoration.


Veteran recalls Iwo Jima battle: 'I must have had an angel sitting on both shoulders'

As a intelligence officer for his Marine battalion on Iwo Jima, Warren Musch traveled from command post to command post, making him a moving target.


Ken Potts is now one of just two survivors left from the USS Arizona

On Sunday, Ken Potts and shipmate Lou Conter somberly talked by phone about the latest USS Arizona crewman to pass away. With the death of Don Stratton on Saturday, the 98-year-olds became the only two remaining survivors of the ship that was lost in the December, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.


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