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U.S. History Topics » Wars » World War I

Photographs of the 369th Infantry and African Americans During World War I

features an all-black regiment that rose to fame at a time when the Army, federal workers, and other parts of society were segregated. The 369th Infantry, also known as the "Harlem Hellfighters," was among the first regiments to arrive in France in 1917 after the U.S. declared war on Germany. Under the command of mostly white officers, the regiment spent 191 days in combat, longer than any other American unit, and emerged as one of the most highly decorated regiments during the Great War. (National Archives and Records Administration)

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Detail of Lt. J.R. Reese and Bandmembers

Lt. J.R. Reese

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