Historic Markers Across South Carolina

Harlem Hellfighters

Marker ID: SCHM 42-25
Location: southwest corner of Blackstock Road and W.O. Ezell Boulevard.
County: Spartanburg
Coordinates: N 34° 56.180    W 081° 59.453
  34.936333    -81.990883
Style: Free Standing **


The War Dept., fearing that minor incidents would soon escalate, ordered the unit back to N.Y. on Oct. 24 and on to France. As the 369th U.S. Infantry, it joined the 4th French Army and its band won acclaim all over France for its concerts. It was the first American unit in combat, and was soon nicknamed "the Harlem Hell Fighters." It was at the front for 191 days, longest of any American unit of World War I.


Two sided - 15th N.Y. Infantry