Best Defense

Who was the first black American soldier to command an integrated military unit?

The answer is Oliver Law, who served in the U.S. Army. But it is a trick question.

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Best Defense is in summer re-runs. This item originally appeared on November 19, 2014.

The answer is Oliver Law, who served in the U.S. Army. But it is a trick question.

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. @tomricks1

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