Over 170 photographs of African American men in military uniform that lacks any distinguishing insignia but some uniforms feature a coiled rattlesnake, the patch adopted by the 369th Infantry Regiment which was stationed in Hawaii during World War II. The men of this regiment called themselves the Black Rattlers, Harlem Hell-fighters, and the Men of Bronze. The 369th Regiment was formerly known as the 15th New York National Guard Regiment, the first African American to serve with the American Expeditionary Forces during World War I. Some of the photographs indicate names and additional data. There are also many photographs that show the men in them at work and at play including the unit marching in a parade, body building poses, cooking, and also the men in civilian dress.
This collection also contains one photograph of an unidentified African American woman in an Army nurse uniform.
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369th African American Infantry Regiment Photographs, 1942- 1944, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary. https://scrcguides.libraries.wm.edu/repositories/2/resources/2552 Accessed March 28, 2020.