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WWI -Herbert Samuel Manns

I am still trying to verify how my uncle Herbert Samuel Manns,African American, was assigned to Air Co K 70 Inf. US Army.

On his death certificate he is listed as White.He looked White but as far as I have researched, the family was always listed,by census, as Black. During that time did they just identify a recruit visually?

I have posted to a number of forums and everyone tells me that he could not be African American because he would have been in a segregated troop. They have told me that there must be a white man with exactly the same name, birthdate,mother's name, father's name and State in the grave at the Veteran's Cemetery in Los Angeles.

I have been told that he had to have been in an all black unit.Yet as far as I have heard so far, Co. K was not. Right? Wrong?

On his grave marker at Veterans Cemetery in Los Angeles it states that he was
PVT.HERBERT SAMUEL MANNS
MARYLAND
PVT. CO K 70 INFANTRY
WORLD WAR I
MAY 23 1890 MARCH 15 1957

I have written for more of his records and was told that there was a fire and all of those records were destroyed.

So, I really want to know more about this Co K because that may help me to determine where he enlisted. More importantly, I may have a clue about where he lived from the time he left the service until he died in Los Angeles in 1957.

We are proud of him either way!

Thanks for your help,

gail

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18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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