History May 27, 2019 at 06:00 pm

11 interesting facts about black soldiers who served in the American army since 1775

Nduta Waweru May 27, 2019 at 06:00 pm

May 27, 2019 at 06:00 pm | History

Some African American soldiers were still treated as second-class citizens despite their service to the U.S. 

In 2017, on the eve of Veteran’s Day, it was revealed that some African American soldiers were discriminated against and segregated as they served in the World War I.

The 371stInfantry Regiment – a military squad belonging to the 93rd Infantry Division was handed over to the French on arrival in France and for their service received a number of medals including the Legion d’honneur, the highest French order of merit for military and civil merits.

Records obtained by American photographer, explorer and emergency physician, Jeff Gusky, revealed that the army “refused to give the black soldiers their well-deserved Medals of Honor because it considered them less American.”

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