'We just can't let his memory be forgotten' — Black WWI soldier finally receives the recognition he deserves

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Leonard Inman, a black World War I soldier who was buried in an unmarked grave more than 40 years ago, is finally getting the dignity that he was denied after serving his country.

A Lafayette, Indiana, chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution helped get a headstone for Inman after discovering that his name was misspelled in a 1919 Tippecanoe County World War I Honor Roll book, according to the Lafayette Journal & Courier.


Inman was born in 1893, and enlisted in 1918, according to the Journal & Courier. He served in the 809th Pioneer Infantry, Company C; he "likely served under French command," the Journal & Courier reported, given that the U.S. military was still segregated at the time.

After the war, Inman came back to Lafayette. He died in November 1973 of an apparent heart attack.

The Vice Regent of the DAR chapter, Diana Vice, found Inman's name with 17 other black soldiers that served in WWI from Tippecanoe County, the Associated Press reported. She then contacted the Tippecanoe County Veterans Services office, and they paid for Inman's headstone.

"We just can't let his memory be forgotten," Vice told the Journal & Courier. "I just think that we need to honor them. (African American soldiers are) relegated to the back of this history book in 1919. I felt like he deserved one, and his memory needs to be kept alive and honored for his service and sacrifice."

On Saturday, a memorial was schedule for Leonard Inman at the Spring Vale Cemetery in Lafayette, Indiana, including a 21-gun salute, taps by the American Legion Post 492 and retiring of the colors, per the AP. Relatives from Nevada were expected to attend dedication.

T-38 Talon training aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Two airmen from Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma, were killed on Thursday when two T-38 Talon training aircraft crashed during training mission, according to a message posted on the base's Facebook age.

The two airmen's names are being withheld pending next of kin notification.

A total of four airmen were onboard the aircraft at the time of the incident, base officials had previously announced.

The medical conditions for the other two people involved in the crash was not immediately known.

An investigation will be launched to determine the cause of the crash.

Emergency responders from Vance Air Force Base are at the crash scene to treat casualties and help with recovery efforts.

Read the entire message below:

VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. – Two Vance Air Force Base Airmen were killed in an aircraft mishap at approximately 9:10 a.m. today.

At the time of the accident, the aircraft were performing a training mission.

Vance emergency response personnel are on scene to treat casualties and assist in recovery efforts.

Names of the deceased will be withheld pending next of kin notification.

A safety investigation team will investigate the incident.

Additional details will be provided as information becomes available. #VanceUpdates.

This is a breaking news story. It will be updated as more information is released.

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