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The Harlem Hellfighters 369th Infantry Regiment were formerly known as the 15th New York National Guard Regiment. They were a mostly black fighting force that included some Puerto Ricans during the WW1 era. The 15th regiment was formed on June 2nd 1913. The 369th Infantry Regiment organized on June 25th 1915. During WW1 the 369th fought under the French flag against the Germans. The United States military initially did not want any of their troops fight under a foreign Flag. Despite that they sent the 369th to serve for the French. Most of the African American Troops in the United states army never saw combat do to discrimination as white troops refused to train with them. When the 369th got to France, they thought they were going to continue doing labor, stevedore (loading and unloading ships) digging ditches and building roads. The French were in desperate need of reinforcements and they did not discriminate against there own troops do to ethnic background.
The Harlem Hellfighters were give French uniforms and weapons. By the summer of 1918 they were in combat. They fought so fiercely that they earned the name Harlem Hellfighters. They fought in many battles one was the Meuse-Argonne Offensive in which they captured Key critical positions and lost 851 men. It was said that when they fought they never gave up any ground or took any prisoners. The Hellfighters spent 191 days on the front lines in the trenches, this was longer than any other regiment in WW1. They also lost more men than any other regiment, 1500 men were lost in the six months that they were deployed. 171 members of the 369th received French military medals and the regiment received the Croix de Guerre. Most of their achievements were completely ignored by the United States. One of the most famed individuals of the Harlem Hellfighters Henry Johnson did not receive the Medal of Honor from his own country until 75 years later.
This is a list of the Harlem Hellfighters in ourT shirt design
Men in picture Left to right. Front row: Pvt. Ed Williams, Herbert Taylor, Pvt. Leon Fraitor, Pvt. Ralph Hawkins. Back Row: Sgt. H. D. Prinas, Sgt. Dan Storms, Pvt. Joe Williams, Pvt. Alfred Hanley, and Cpl. T. W. Taylor
The iconic ringer t-shirt is back! Once the tee of choice for the rock-n-rollers of the 1950s and 1960s, this modernized, lightweight version is now ready for all you 21st century rebels.
- 100% pre-shrunk combed ring-spun cotton (Heather colors contain polyester)
- Contrast color binding at neck and sleeves
- Double-needle stitched bottom
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