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OH004 Andrew Carmon Oral History

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Andrew Carmon Oral History

Collection Title: Jackson Purchase Oral History Project - World War I

Series Number: OH004

Interviewee: Carmon, Andrew 1895-

Interviewer: Bill Peyton

Date interviewed: October 18, 1979

Processed by: Sheree Wise

Date processed: January 15, 2009

Description: 1 sound disc (59 minutes)

Abstract: Andrew Carmon discusses his family background, basic training and transport ships being attacked by German submarines en route to France. He spoke of being one of the few black men in combat and how the different races related to one another. He also discussed what it was like in the trenches in France and being on the front line. He was wounded in France, recovered and ordered go back to the front.

Biographical / Historical note: Andrew Carmon was born on March 20, 1895 and was lifelong resident of Mayfield, Kentucky. He was drafted while living in Louisville, Kentucky and went to Camp Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky. He traveled by ship from Newport News, Virginia to Breast, France where he was a member of the 801st Infantry Regiment until he was reassigned to the 369th Infantry Regiment of the 93rd division which was one of only three African American regiments to witness combat in the First World War. In France, he was reassigned to a French division that allowed African Americans in combat. He was in Alsace Lorraine when the armistice was announced via leaflets dropped from planes

General information: No user access to original recordings. Use audio user copies, digital derivatives, transcripts, and/or tape indexes. This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code). Permission for reproduction must be requested from Murray State University.

Subject Headings / Descriptors:

Mayfield, Kentucky

Louisville, Kentucky

Newport News, Virginia

Brest, France

Alsace-Lorraine, France

369th Infantry Regiment

Research Notes: Full transcription and newspaper article included.