Black Radio Operators in WW1

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From the May 1918 Wireless Age. Are you related to any of these pioneering men?

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Perry Van Derzee

From the January 1920 issue of Wireless Age:

Negro Operator in Overseas Service – Perry Van Derzee, Topeka, will sail for overseas service as a wireless operator, according to word received in Topeka by his father.
   Perry Van Derzee is thought to be the only negro wireless operator holding a United States Government radio license. He is a graduate of three wireless schools.

 

Any descendants of Mr. Van Derzee still living in the Topeka, KS, area?