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Re: WWI -Herbert Samuel Manns
In Response To: WWI -Herbert Samuel Manns ()
It is entirely possible that your uncle was mistakenly classified as white. The same thing happened to my father's first cousin during World War II. My dad's cousin did not inform the army of their mistake, and he served in a white unit.
Here's how it could have happened. On the Census he was classified as black because the Census enumerator knew that he was black, probably knew the family--both the African American and the white sides of the family. However, if he joined the army in a place other than his home town, the recruiting officer could have assumed he was white based on his appearance only. He could even have joined in his home town, and the same mistake could have occurred if the recruiting officer did not know him.
Don't let others dissuade you from what you know. It could have happened.
: On his death certificate he is listed as White.He looked White but
: I have posted to a number of forums and everyone tells me that he
: I have been told that he had to have been in an all black unit.Yet
: On his grave marker at Veterans Cemetery in Los Angeles it states
: I have written for more of his records and was told that there was
: So, I really want to know more about this Co K because that may
: We are proud of him either way!
: Thanks for your help,