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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.

In the article it says that Robert Holden, along with Joseph H. Mooring, is an ‘Alternate’…..what that means is not clear in the article. 
By these men’s honorable service, they 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 Anderson Street Train Station obtained from:

http://www.hackensacknow.org/index.php?topic=978.0

Banner image of U.S. Army taken from:

http://goo.gl/Tglz5g