reopened to serve as training bases for the young men drafted into the armed

Reopened to serve as training bases for the young men

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reopened to serve as training bases for the young men drafted into the armed services. Camp Jackson in Columbia became Fort Jackson, and the Charleston Navy Yards increased production of destroyers. South Carolinian James F. Byrnes helped to guide the Lend Lease Plan (offered support to the allies in their fight against the Germans) through Congress, and later served as the Director of War Mobilization. The economy of South Carolina and the United States began to climb out of the Great Depression as the result of government spending on war preparations. African American pilots were trained at the Tuskegee Institute Air Base in Alabama. The Tuskegee Airmen supported the allied invasion of Italy, and were assigned to escort heavy bombers on raids against strategic enemy targets. This air campaign was directed at weakening Germany prior to the D-Day invasion. Several of the Tuskegee Airmen earned the Distinguished Flying Cross (a medal given to those who display heroism), and proved that African American pilots were as good as white air crews. African American soldiers served in segregated units commanded by white officers in the fight for freedom.
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