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Click here to view the brief Evening Record article dated
July 30, 1918
, which reveals in its wording the segregated situation during World War I. By saying
“Colored Men”, that meant they were not traveling with the white troops. They would be in separate barracks at
Camp Upton located in Yaphank on Long Island in
Suffolk County, New York, not far from Camp Mills, and if they went overseas to fight, they could only fight along side
French Troops. All of that was understood when the term “Colored Men” was used in referring to these eight men: Clarence Higgs, Richard J. Watson, Henderson Jeter,
Leonard Mickens, Albert Stevens, Henry Green,
George Alsten, and Julius F. Coles. By these men’s honorable service it helped to break down racial barriers for future generations.

Let us never forget the soldier’s sacrifice.

Written by:
Bob Meli
May 18, 2013

 

Click here to view the brief Evening Record article dated August 31, 1918, which reveals in its wording the segregated situation during World War I. By saying
“Colored Men”, that meant they were not traveling with the white troops. They would be in separate barracks at
Camp Dix and if they went overseas to fight, they could only fight along side French Troops. All of that was understood when the term “Colored Men” was used in referring to these four men: Leonard Mickens, Fred E. Wise,
Robert Holden, and Joseph H. Mooring.  

By these men’s honorable service it helped to break down racial barriers for future generations.
Let us never forget the soldiers sacrifice. 

Written by:
Bob Meli
May 12, 2013

 

Background image of the Anderson Street Train station during World War I with passengers boarding obtained from:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2605886/Poignant-archive-pictures-ambulance-trains-transported-soldiers-wounded-First-World-War-hospitals-Britain.html