371st Infantry Regiment (United States)

371st Infantry Regiment (United States)

Infobox Military Unit
unit_name=371st Infantry Regiment

battles=World War I
World War II
*Italian Campaign
US Regiments
previous=370th Infantry Regiment
next=372nd Infantry Regiment
The 371st Infantry Regiment. was an African American regiment, nominally a part of the 93rd Infantry Division (Colored), that served with the French Army in World War I. This was seconded to the 157 th French Army division called the "Red Hand Division" in need of reinforcement under the command of the General Mariano Goybet awarded by the Distinguished Service Medal (United States).

Corporal Freddie Stowers of the regiment's 1st Battalion was the only African American soldier from World War I awarded the Medal of Honor.

On arrival in France, this unit was transferred into the French command, so its decorations are French rather than American. Nevertheless, it is important to note that this unit was extremely well decorated, receiving unit and numerous individual citations including Croix de Guerre and Légion d'honneur.

A detailed history of this unit is given in Chester Heywood's Negro Combat Troops, published in 1928 and reprinted since.

External links

* [http://www.cmohs.org/medal/history_links/f_stowers.htm Congressional Medal of Honor Society's entry on Freddie Stowers]
* [http://www.history.army.mil/html/moh/worldwari.html United States Army Official Medal of Honor Citation List]
* [http://www.371regiment.homestead.com 371st Regiment Monument]

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