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A Black Officer in WWI
An item posted to "My Adams Family Website" which demonstrates the majority attitude toward AA males during the period surrounding WWI.
I'm sure the article was written in a "favorable" light, but the inconsideration of how a 30 year old man, serving his country 85 years ago was portrayed was/is upsetting to me.
Art Thomas - Mar 5, 2001 View | Edit | Delete | Viewers | Reply to this item
A little family history from the WWI timeframe. Do you have a story to add?
COLORED BOY EARNS COMMISSION
The headline of an article found today while searching "old' paper files. Note the language/terminolgy. Article from the Urbana, OH Daily Citizen-Gazette, dated 18 Aug 1918. "Uncle Leslie" was 30 years of age when this article appeared.
Harrison L. Adams first Champaign Co. Colored boy to be Comissioned
Liutenant Adams was one of seven colored selects who left the county on Oct 28, 1917, for Camp Sherman, the first contingent of colored boys to leave here. He was assigned to the engineers at the camp and made good, for in Feb he was made a sergeant. In May his company went to Camp Mead, Maryland, where he was assigned to an artillery officer's school, and his companions went overseas. he was later transferred for infantry officer's at Camp Dodge, IA., where he stayed until June 1. At that time all training schools for colored officers were centralized at Camp Pike, Ark., so he was transferred there.
There were 1296 men who graduated from the school last monday and the Urbana boy was among those who were granted a commission as a second lieutentant. All the graduates were made second lieutenants in accordance with the present policy of the war department to grant nothing higher than that to the graduates of training schools. Lieutenant Adams appears to be in the best of health and says he is feeling fine. He makes a fine looking officer and will doubtless be avaluable addition to Uncle Sam's corp of officers.
See the Adams Family Tree for family connections.