The Long Blue Line: Bobby Wilks, Aviator and Minority Trailblazer

Bobby Charles Wilks, was an African-American who led the Coast Guard toward greater diversity in the post-World War II era by breaking color barriers for African-American Coast Guard officers and blazing a trail for all minorities in the service.


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African American History Month: CAPT Bobby Wilks

Written by William Thiesen, Coast Guard Atlantic Area Historian In the United States Coast Guard, there are thousands of highly motivated men and women doing extraordinary things. These are the kind of personnel who have steered the service throughout its […]