Black soldiers served in the First World War, just as they served in the Civil War (on both sides), and the Spanish American War.
The war started in 1914 and ended in 1918, mostly in Europe, but also spread to the Far East and Africa. The United States did not get involved until 1917, when president Woodrow Wilson declared war on Germany.
- My wife's great uncle, Willie B. Daniel, served in this war.
- Thomas Pridgett - singer "Ma" Rainey's brother