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Who were the 93rd Infantry Division?


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December 19, 2011 2:07AM

The 92nd and the 93rd Infantry Divisions were units made up of black troops with white officers. The 92nd ID fought in Italy in WWII. Near the end of the war black troops were sometimes assigned to other infantry divisions. Volunteers from black non-combat units, and from black non-infantry combat units, were called for. Some men took a demotion to volunteer to serve as privates in the infantry. The army was desperately short of infantry replacements. These new infantrymen were sometimes formed into platoons and attached as a "fourth platoon" to all-white infantry companies, and sometimes used as individual replacements. Before that time though, all black foot soldiers were in either the 92nd or 93rd IDs. Both also served in WWI.