african american infantry divisions in wwii

How can I find out the african american infantry divisions in wwii that my Father served under? Thank you and I await your response.

  • Hello Dale, I am one of the volunteers here. There were only two infantry divisions that were mostly composed of African American soldiers. They were the 92nd that fought in Italy and the 93rd sent to New Guinea.  However, there were many smaller units, including the 366th and 369th infantry battalions.  Many inductees were assigned to lower-echelon Companies of men attached to "mixed" regiments and battalions, and a few individuals were assigned as aides to high-ranking officers. However, the majority of African Americans were utilized as non-combat service troops (supply, transportation, construction, laundry, etc) instead of being employed in combat organizations. Finding out exactly which unit(s) your father served with will require a lot of effort on your part. Your search should begin with personnel records archived in St. Louis. Here is an information page: https://www.archives.gov/personnel-records-center/military-personnel Good luck with your qest.  

  • Do you have a picture of him in his dress uniform, by any chance? Both had distinctive shoulder patches--and if he had a shoulder patch from one of the field armies, it would help narrow things down as well. Or if you have his ribbons, etc.

  • Thank you for your response and invaluable information. Unfortunately, I do not have a photo (but will keep searching and asking Family members).

    What I do have is the following

    [his name]
    was a Private First Class, in the U.S. Army,
    Where he served from July 26, 1943  to  March 18, 1946 
    He received Infantry Basic Training and became a Duty Soldier III, then Handler and separated as a Salvage Technician.
    He served in the European and Asiatic-Pacific Theaters of Operations
    He separated from the Army at Camp Chaffee, Arkansas
  • Thank you for your response and invaluable information. Unfortunately, I do not have a photo.
    What I do have is from his Discharge document:
    [name]
    was a Private First Class, in the U.S. Army,
    Where he served from July 26, 1943  to  March 18, 1946 
    He received Infantry Basic Training and became a Duty Soldier III, then Handler and separated as a Salvage Technician.
    He served in the European and Asiatic-Pacific Theaters of Operations
    He separated from the Army at Camp Chaffee, Arkansas