Abstract of Military Service for Fred White

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Abstract of Military Service for Fred White

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Abstract of World War I Military Service


World War, 1914-1918
World War, 1914-1918--African Americans


The abstract of military service for Fred White (1898-1919). The card includes White's name, date and place of birth, units and ranks, death date and place, and who was notified of his death.

Fred White was born on March 14, 1898 in Marianna, Florida, and was raised by his grandparents. He eventually moved to Youngstown in the neighboring county. There, he worked as a laborer. On June 5, 1918, he registered for the draft, adding a year to his age to make himself eligible. On June 15, he married Mamie Grey Kennedy. Two months later on August 21, White was inducted into the Army and trained at Camp Joseph E. Johnston near Jacksonville, Florida. After, he joined Company C of the 547th Engineer Service Battalion and departed for France on October 27, 1918. Engineer units served in a technical capacity, and though they weren't allowed to carry firearms in France, they often saw the heat of battle. It is unlikely, however, that White and his unit saw combat before the war ended in November 1918.

After the war ended, White succumbed to the influenza epidemic of 1918-1919 on February 1, 1919. The pervasive discrimination of white doctors against African American troops meant that those units saw a higher mortality rate than white units or civilians.

White is buried in the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery in Romange-sous-Montfaucon, France at Plot C Row 7 Grave 3.

In 2017, the University of Central Florida was one of three universities selected to launch the National Cemetery Administration’s Veterans Legacy Program Project. The program engaged a team of scholars to make the life stories of veterans buried in the Florida National Cemetery available to the public. The project engages UCF students in research and writing and fosters collaboration between students, faculty and local Central Florida schools to produce interactive curriculum for k-12 students. The corresponding website exhibit uses RICHES Mosaic Interface to create a digital archive of related data. The public can use the project-developed augmented-reality app at more than 100 gravesites at the Florida National Cemetery, where they can access the UCF student-authored biographies of veterans.


General Adjutant's Office


Digital reproduction of original typewritten abstract of military service, February 1, 1919: World War I Army Card Roster
Florida, Box 16.


General Adjutant's Office

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ca. 1919


White, Fred




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1 typewritten abstract of military service






Panama City, Florida

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External Reference

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American Battle Monuments Commission. "Fred White." American Battle Monuments Commission. Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, France. Accessed September 3, 2018. https://www.abmc.gov/node/329776#.W40mOehKi01.
Bay County Judge. "Fred White." Florida County Marriages, 1830-1957. Online database with images, FamilySearch. Bay, Florida. FHL microfilm 988,464. Accessed September 3, 2018. https://www.familysearch.org/frontier/search-artifact/ark:/61903/1:1:FWM-VZ5.
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U.S. Census Bureau. "<a href="https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=try&amp
h=186537488" target="_blank">Fred White." 1910 United States Federal Census. Online database with images, Ancestry.com. Cottondale, Jackson, Florida. NARA microfilm publication T624, Page 13B, Enumeration District 0056, FHL microfilm 1374176. Accessed August 31, 2018. https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=try&amp