1 Reply Latest reply on Jun 24, 2020 12:49 PM by Cara Jensen

    How many African American soldiers served at Camp Ellis, IL

    Julie Terstriep Wayfarer

      I"m tring to find records showing how many African American soldiers were stationed at Camp Ellis, IL during WWII.  I would like to learn what units they were assigned to and what services did they train in at the Camp.  There is very little anecdotal evidence that I can find of the numbers of AA soldiers and their units.

        • Re: How many African American soldiers served at Camp Ellis, IL
          Cara Jensen Tracker

          Dear Ms. Terstriep,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the Station Lists, 1942 - 1953 in the Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1917-1985 (Record Group 407) and found 27 lists of the Sixth Service Command during WWII. Camp Ellis, Illinois was part of the Army Service Forces, Sixth Service Command. The lists are generally monthly or biweekly.  Each list is arranged by type of unit and thereunder in order by unit name or number.  The nearest town is listed for each unit.  Since the lists have not been digitized, you will need to physically go through the lists for units and where the units were stationed, then look at the records for each unit to determine how many soldiers were assigned to Camp Ellis. We also located 1 series and 7 file units that pertain to Camp Eliis in various record groups. For access to the station lists and these other records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov.


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          We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research.


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