WWII: African-Americans on Maneuvers
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Soldiers of the 24th Infantry, Co. L, are shown on the march. SC130361 - First Army Maneuvers in the Carolinas…Soldiers of the 24th Infantry, Co. L, are shown on the march. Nov. 11, 1941.
 
 
SC130829 - First Army Maneuvers in the Carolinas…The Administrative personnel is a busy hard working group. From dawn until sunset, they are always on the go. Front row is Sgt. Gilbert Booth, of Forsythe, Ga.; Sgt. Hamilton Holmes, Co. Clerk, of Atlanta, Ga. Back row is Pfc. Daniel Mobley, of Reidsville, Ga.; and Sgt. Charlie Hardin, of Hogansville, Ga.; all of the soldiers are of Co. L, 24th Infantry. Nov. 11, 1941.
Administrative personnel hard at work.
 
 
24th Infantry kitchen personnel. SC130830 - First Army Maneuvers in the Carolinas…Staff Sgt. Ed Nikens passes the O.K. on a delicious pot of steaming hot beef stew, as hungry soldiers of the 24th Infantry wait outside. Kitchen personnel are (L to R): Pvt. Jessie Rush, of Columbus, Missouri; Cpl. Harold Bussey, of Atlanta, Ga.; Staff Sgt. Ed Nikens, of Kilmock, Va.; and Pvt. Homer Jones, of Opelika, Alabama. Nov. 11, 1941.
 
 
SC130053 - First Army Maneuvers in the Carolinas…These Negro children are eating Thanksgiving dinner with VI Army Corps in the field. November 23, 1941.
Negro children eating Thanksgiving dinner with VI Army Corps in the field.
 
 
41st Engineers Regiment dance orchectra members.
SC130020 - First Army Maneuvers in the Carolinas…These nine musicians, and formerly members of leading colored dance orchestras, are now members of the 41st Engineers Regiment, Fort Bragg, N.C., and play with the Regiment dance orchestra. They are L to R: Pfc. Louis W. Carrington, Richmond, Va; Sgt. Rufus Wagner, Atlantic City, N.J., formerly with Blanch Calloway’s orchestra; Pvt. Elmon Simon, Norfolk, Va., formerly with Tiny Bradshaw; Pvt. Teddy Wood, Richmond, Va., formerly with the Roseland Ballroom orchestra of New York City; Cpl. Milton S. Bell, Richmond, Va., formerly with Johnson’s Happy Pals; Sgt. Wilburn Pogue, Washington, D.C., formerly with Duke Ellington and Ethel Waters; and Sgt. Frank Wess, formerly with Blanch Calloway; and in the foreground are (left) Charles L. Anderson of Virginia, formerly with Don Albert; and Pfc. George Wolfe, Atlantic City, N.J., formerly with Ethel Waters. South Carolina. October 20, 1941.
 
 
SC130021 - First Army Maneuvers in the Carolinas…The 41st Engineers Band of Ft. Bragg, N.C. is shown lined up in Co. street. South Carolina. Oct. 20, 1941.
41st Engineers Band lined up in Co. street.
 
 
Cutting the rug at the 24th Infantry dance. SC130014 - First Army Maneuvers in the Carolinas…We see here jitterbugs “cutting the rug” at the 24th Infantry dance given in Rock Hill, S.C. for Negro Soldiers. The dancers are Pvt. Jerome Jackson of Philadelphia, Pa., and Annie Bess Young of Rock Hill. November 14, 1941.
 
 
SC128578 - Second Army Maneuvers in Arkansas…77th Engineers (colored) moving 10 ton pontoon from truck prior to building pontoon bridge across the Red River. August 26, 1941.
77th Engineers moving 10 ton pontoon from truck.
 
 
Light machine gun set up for action. SC128589 - Second Army Maneuvers in Arkansas…Loading platform at Thebes, Arkansas. Light machine gun set up for action. Gunner Pfc. Urel Ellis, Ozan, Arkansas, No. 1; Pvt. Elliot Brown, Leavenworth, Kansas, No. 2; Pvt. Warren Anderson, Stephens, Arkansas. All three men are from Troop C, 10th Cavalry. Aug. 27, 1941.
 
 
SC128630 - Second Army Maneuvers in Louisiana…Sgt. Andrew Favors, Hqs. Troop, 9th Cavalry, with 45 Sub. Thompson machine gun. Aug. 30, 1941.
Sgt. Favors, Hqs. Troop, 9th Cavalry, with 45 Sub. Thompson machine gun.
 
 
Men of Picket line Troop G, 9th Cavalry, 4th Brigade cleaning frog of horse. SC128688 - Second Army Maneuvers in Louisiana…Pvt. Chester Arthur Burnett, Picket line Troop G, 9th Cavalry (colored) from Aberdine, Mississippi, cleaning frog of horse, while Staff Sgt. Columbus Rudisal, Goffney, S.C., looks on. Sgt. Rudisal is directing Troop G, 9th Cavalry, 4th Brigade. Sept. 12, 1941.
 
 
SC172967 - Third Army Louisiana Maneuvers, Camp Polk, La., Pfc. Stanley Strickland, Marietta, Georgia, strings wire for Red Army during maneuvers. 4/18/43. 93rd Signal Construction Co.
Pfc. Strickland strings wire for Red Army during maneuvers.
 
 
Signal Corps men bury telephone wires of Red Army under road bed. SC172969 - Third Army Louisiana Maneuvers, Camp Polk, La., Signal Corps men bury telephone wires of Red Army under road bed. In jeep – Pvt. George Williams, Parkersburg, W.Va., with pick – Sgt, Rodney R. McCain, Evanston, Ill., and Pvt. Clint Jones, Arkadelphia, Arkansas. 4/19/43. 93rd Division Hq. Co.
 
 
SC172968 - Third Army Louisiana Maneuvers, Camp Polk, La., awaiting the firing order from the Army’s latest Handi-talkie radio, this anti-tank crew stands ready to roll. L to R: Pfc. Theodore Estorge, Houstonville, N.Y.; Pfc. Phillip Glover, Gurdon, Arkansas; Cpl. Lester Levine, Brooklyn, N.Y. 4/18/43. 93rd Division Hq. Co.
Anti-tank crew stands by awaiting the firing order from the Army's latest Handi-talkie radio.
 
 
Pvt. Jones, on the alert, in slit trench with carbine. SC172016 - Third Army Louisiana Maneuvers, Camp Polk, La., Pvt. Clarence Jones, North Birmingham, Alabama, in slit trench with carbine, “On the Alert”. 4/17/43. 594th Field Artillery Battalion A.

 


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