. . . sign Executive Order 9981 which was an executive order issued on July 26, 1948 by President Harry S. Truman . It abolished racial discrimination in the armed forces and eventually led to the end of segregation in the services .
The military was desegregated by executive order. Executive Order 9981, signed by President Truman on July 26, 1948, forbade discriminating against military personnel because of race, color, religion, or national origin.