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?