369th Infantry Regiment, United States Army, World War I

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The Harlem Hellfighters, 369th Infantry Regiment

Awarded the Congressional Gold Medal on August 25, 2021.


  • 1915 - Authorized as a New York National Guard unit, the 15th New York Infantry
  • 1916 - Formally organized; 200 African-American New Yorkers joined unit
  • April 1917 - US enters WWI; 15th New York recruited to full-strength of 2000 men
  • Sep 1917 - Sent for training at Camp Wadsworth (Spartanbury, South Carolina); after weeks of racial indignities, moved to train at Camp Mills on Long Island.
  • 11 Nov 1917 - Sent to Hoboken, New Jersey for overseas trip on the USS Pocahontas
  • Dec 1917 - Departed USA for France; Arrived Brest on 27 Dec. Transported to St. Nazaire. Assigned to labor duty (building a dam, railroad tracks, and a new pier and working as stevedores).
  • Mar 1918 - Assigned to French army’s 16th Division, 4th Army and redesignated as the 369th United States Infantry.
  • 8 Apr 1918 - After weeks training with French military, entered the trenches, remaining for 191 consecutive days ( the longest of any American unit in the war).
  • Spring 1918 - During German Spring Offensive, was in forward positions
  • May 1918 - Second Battle of Marne; continuing to Champagne-Marne, Aisne-Marne, and Meuse-Argonne
  • 20 Nov 1918 - First regiment of the Allied armies to reach the Rhine River. After 191 days of continual combat, the 369th never lost a foot of ground nor had a man taken prisoner.


Colonel William Hayward


Company B, 369th Infantry

Sticker for Profiles

Here is the sticker for profiles of members of the unit. Just copy/paste to the profile and fill in the dates, if known. You can add the company designation after the 369th Infantry Regiment in the units= parameter

{{The Great War |branch=United States Army |startdate= |units=369th Infantry Regiment |enddate= |unit=369th Infantry Regiment |image=US_Flags-25.png }}

See example in use here: Charles Blakey



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