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American soldiers during World War I

National World War I Museum and Memorial

National World War I Museum and Memorial

Black and white postcard photograph of four unidentified African American soldiers posing. One has an American flag tucked into his belt. Soldier on right is holding a bugle in his right hand.

During World War I, thousands of African American men answered their country's call and joined the armed services. Though segregation policies at the time forced 80% of African American servicemen into labor or support roles, the 92nd and 93rd Infantry Divisions saw fierce combat in Europe.

From the service of Captain James Simpson, Company I, 816th Pioneer Infantry. Simpson was originally from Higginsville, Missouri.

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