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Re: Harlem Hellfighters

It was my honor to know Master Sgt Campbell very well he was one of my Grandfathers dear friends and I spent many an hour at his home in Arizona interviewing him about his long military service his recollections of being a boy during the Spanish American war and his first encounter with Benjamin O Davis Sr are very interesting. When he enlisted in the army he was sent to the 9th cavalry at then stationed at Fort D.A. Russell, in Wyo he went with the 9th to the Mexican border in 1912. He transfered to the 10th in 1915 most of his service was on the Arizona border, during the 1st World War he served as a sgt in the 366th Infantry part of the 92nd Infantry Division in France, After the war he served with the 10th cavalry band until 1922 and after that date was transfered to Quartermaster Corp he would serve in the 25th Infantry during the mid 30's. He was one of the army's outstanding baseball players and was on the 10th's 220 yard dash relay team in the early 20's. What I will always remember about him was when I asked him if you had it to do all over again would you? His answer was: "I loved the army it made me somebody and if I had to do it all over I would because I loved it! John was like many young African Americans of his day "The army gave them the only part of the American dream that the nation would let them share in."

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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