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[Photograph 2012.201.B0235.0022]

Description: Photograph taken for a newspaper owned by the Oklahoma Publishing Company. Caption: "Col. Van E. Collins, 43, Houston, TX, believed to be the first negro to achieve full colonel rank in the Army's dental corps, was commissioned yesterday in a ceremony at Ft. Sheridan, Ill."
Date: July 1, 1967
Creator: Associated Press
Partner: Oklahoma Historical Society