Americans with African ancestry have served in United States military units since the arrival of the first black slaves in 1619. No war has been fought by the United States in which the African American soldiers did not participate. African Americans fought and served valiantly in the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Civil War, the Spanish American War, the World Wars, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Gulf War, and the current War in Iraq.
|thumb|right|490px|African American Crispus Attucks was the first martyr in the Patriot cause at the Boston Massacre leading up the the American Revolution.]]
=== Revolutionary War ===