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Re: Harlem Hellfighters

The points are well made by both Tony and Sharon! Just one point about World War one because these units are ignored by most historians the 371st was the only regiment of the 93rd Infantry Division that was a draft unit most of the enlisted personal came from South Carolina and was organized at Camp Jackson, the interesting thing about this unit was the fact that of the 93rd it had a complete roster of white volunteer officers from S.C., it fought in like the 369th some of the hard fought battles of the war in reference to units of the American army as a matter of fact this unit the 371st was the most decorated black unit of the war a very good book that was writen in the late 20's called "Negro Combat Troops In the World War, by Chester Heywood a white officer of the unit and for the period it is not a bad book at all. All four of the regiments of the 93rd saw very hard combat alongside the French. Those units with black officers were the 370th, it went to France with all black officers from Colonel to 2nd Lt., the 369th started out with only 3 black officers and by its 4th month in the field not one, the 372nd which was made up of Black National Guard units from several states most of its Captains and 1st and 2nd Lts., were black it's combat record was just as good as the other three if not a little better than the 369th or 370th. Most of us know about the Harlem Hellfighters they got a lot of good press at the time but the fact remains the 370th, 371st and 372nd were spoken of highly by the French and most of the American high command that had to deal with them.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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