Here’s a shout out to the courageous men of Company E, 372nd Colored Infantry Regiment, 93rd Division.
The 93rd was that famous World War I racially segregated fighting unit nicknamed the “Bloody Hand Division” by the French.
Here’s an excerpt from the team profile at BlackFives.com:
Most of the nearly 400,000 African American soldiers who served in the US Army during World War I worked in segregated labor battalions, but 20 percent fought in two specially created all-black combat units, the 92nd and 93rd Divisions, under command of white officers.
After the war, some Company E veterans formed a basketball team, based in Springfield, Ohio. Led by Freeman Lee, the Company E squad played other all-black teams in the region, including the Center Street Colored YMCA of Springfield and the Pioneers, Keystones, and Swastikas of nearby Cleveland.
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(Photo courtesy of the Western Reserve Historical Society.)