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Re: Spriggs, Daniel, 19th c. White House employee

You should probably post this type of question on the Military forum because there are some real military experts on that forum. However, there is an article entitled "Fighting for Respect: African-American Soldiers in WWI", by Jami Bryan, Managing Editor, On Point. Article originally appeared in On Point, an Army Historical Foundation publication. The article states in part:

"When World War I broke out, there were four all-black regiments: the 9th and 10th Cavalry and the 24th and 25th Infantry...the War Department finally created the 92d and 93d Divisions, both primarily black combat units, in 1917...The first black troops sent overseas belonged to service units...The 92d Division was created in October 1917 and put under the command of BG Charles C. Ballou, who had organized the first African American officer candidate school...the French...decorated members of the 365th Infantry and 350th Machine Gun Battalion for their aggressiveness and bravery...The first African American combat troops to set foot on French soil belonged to the 93d Division...The 369th Infantry was the first regiment of the 93d Division to reach France. They arrived in the port city of Brest in December 1917." Read the full article at

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