366th Infantry Regiment Yearbook for 1941

1997-02-13 - Added new material!

A year before the outbreak of World War II, the 366th Infantry Regiment was activated at Ft. Devens, MA, as an all-black fighting unit with black officers, an unprecedented event in the history of the United States -- prior to this time, all of the black units had been commanded by white officers.

My father still has a copy of the Pictorial History (Yearbook) that was produced by the Army Press. I have scanned the photographs and biographies of some of the officers, and they are presented here for posterity.

I grew up with many of these men as simply "old friends" of my father who would come by to listen to jazz recordings in the basement. It wasn't until I was much older that I realized who these men were, and what they had done.

I have arranged this list in alphabetical order. Each man referenced has a WWW page containing his photograph and biography. In some cases, I have added personal notes, such as how some stayed in the Army as a career, and wore eagles and stars before they retired. Most of these men are also referenced from my father's speech about Lt. John R. Fox.

As a supplement to his speech, I decided to scan the various medals that are mentioned. In some cases, I reference them from the individual's WWW page. It should be noted that all of the veterans of the 366th are entitled to wear the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, and some have also earned the Purple Heart. After VE Day, some of the men were sent to the Philippines to prepare for the invasion of Japan, and qualified for the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal; those who remained in Europe wear the Army of Occupation Medal.

Yearbook Cover

Photos of training at Ft. Devens

This is only a partial list -- I'll be adding a few each week until all of the ones referenced in my father's speech are included.

I have to rescan the yearbook photos because there were very bad moire patterns from the half-tone screen printing -- a recent upgrade of the scanner software eliminates this problem. I'm also adding the curriculum vitae that appears beside each photo (ain't OCR technology great?) and personal notes about some of the men I came to know as I was growing up in Washington, DC. Consequently, some of the hypertext links will show a Very Bad picture, while others will show a "proper" yearbook entry. (Each individual will be represented by a unique HTML file when I'm finished.)

1997-02-13 - I've been getting a lot of e-mail requests from people asking for help in getting their father's or uncle's medals ... I have scanned Standard Form 180 (Rev. 7-86) at 200 d.p.i. (FAX) resolution. If you want a copy and instructions on how to submit it to the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC), Military Personnel Records (MPR), click here.

YOU MUST SUBMIT THESE REQUESTS BY MAIL - NPRC(MPR) does not accept inquiries by telephone, FAX, or e-mail ... you must purchase a stamp and drop your completed form in one of those blue boxes for the men in the white trucks to collect. (This is your tax dollars at work. :-)

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