Karsh Signature

Yousuf Karsh, master photographer of the 20th century

Harry Truman

Harry Truman, 1948

President Harry S. Truman signed Executive Order 9981 on July 26, 1948, calling for the desegregation of the U.S. Armed Forces. This executive order abolished discrimination “on the basis of race, color, religion or national origin” in the United States Armed Forces.