Pvt, H Co., 301st (Colored) Stevedore Reg. Enlisted Sept 1917.
Born 27 Oct 1894 Dayton, OH. Son of Hattie & Joseph BURNETT, husband of Martha (Mattie) Bradshaw (BROOKS) BURNETT, Topeka, KS.
Died 13 Dec 1917 in a crane accident possibly at the French port of Brest. In the book "The American Negro in the World War" by Emmett J Scott, Special Adjutant to Secretary of War, "(a) vast army of Stevedores in France was composed mostly of men who volunteered when the call was first sounded. The first men ... went over early in June, 1917, (and, progressively) other companies of volunteer men arrived, so the army grew until the Stevedore Camps at base ports in France became one great industrial army, numbering about fifty thousand." and "for every soldier who gets even a glimpse of the enemy or risks his life within range of shellfire, there must, in all modern warfare, be ..... men working at such commonplace and routine tasks as loading and unloading ships, building piers, laying railroad tracks, making roads, in a thousand other ways making it possible for the fighting men to get to the front, and for the necessary food, ammunition, and other supplies to reach them."
Buried in Arlington National Cemetery, VA. Plot: Section 19, Site 158 on Nov 19, 1920
301st Stevedore Regiment
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