On April 19, 1918 The 369th Infantry Regiment went on to be assigned under the French Army for the duration of the U.S's participation in the war, The French welcomed their newfound allies with open arms.
Private Henry Johnson, nicknamed the "Black Death" Was a legendary Harlem Hellfighter, on his first assignment which was to patrol an isolated listening outpost at 4 A.M, Johnson single-handedly defeated a force of anywhere between 28-40 german soldiers, however the true number is unknown. He was rewarded with a Croix De Guerre, The highest french military honor.
Lieutenant James Reese Europe was a distinguished Harlem HellFighter who helped Colonel Hayward recruit the original 2,098 soldiers of the "Fighting Fifteenth" Europe was the leader of the Unit's Regimental Marching band .The 369th Regiment band was relied upon not only in battle but also for morale, Europe was also the first Black American Officer to lead troops in World War 1, by the end of their tour they became one of the most famous military bands throughout Europe, While overseas the 369th Regiment made up less than 1% of the soldiers deployed, but were responsible for over 20% of the territory of all the land assigned to the United States.
Life in Trench Warfare could prove surprisingly routine, If no attack came at dawn the men ate breakfast, a performed chores such as, cleaning weapons, repairing trenches, and checking their feet for a disease called Trench Foot.