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Re: Frank Borras WWI records
In Response To: Frank Borras WWI records ()


You've found them already... 13th Service Co., 20th Engineers and Co. A, 519th Engineers. Engineer service companies and 500 series engineer regiments were colored units. Whatever training company of the 151st DB he was in would also have been an all black outfit.

According to what I've found, the 20th Engineers were primarily a forestry outfit (which is reflected by the logo of the regimental newspaper, doughboys with axes and saws felling a Kaiser Wilhelm tree). The regiment contained 28 service companies and two attached service battalions (most likely these were the black men). I'll check around to see what else I can find on them and post anything of use.

I'll talk to Rick Ford and ask him to post something here for you. He had a relative in the 511th. He's got some really good info on black engineer units in WW1, and may have something on the 519th.

The part I find most interesting is the fact that the two brothers were not only drafted on the same day but received consecutive service numbers.


Jim Ball

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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