Passenger List, 1918

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Passenger List, 1918

Alternative Title

List of Passengers


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


A passenger list for a ship departing from Hoboken, New Jersey in 1918. The United States Army Transport Service (ATS) compiled records of all persons who passed through United States ports via ATS ships, incoming as well as outgoing. Information such as the ship name
arrival/departure date and place
service members' rank, age, regiment, and next of kin
and relations to service members for non-service member passengers was recorded.

Riley Wright (1893-1919) (spelled Reilly) (line 92) is listed as part of Company L in the 807th Pioneer Infantry leaving Hoboken, New Jersey for France. Their ship departed on September 15, 1918. Wright's serial number is 4185983 and his wife, Eva, is his emergency contact.

Riley Wright was born in 1893 (though some of his documents list his birth year as 1895) around Falmouth in Suwannee County in northern Florida, one of five children. Like his father and grandfather before him, Wright worked as a farmer, a common occupation of African American men in the rural South. He married Eva Coleman on April 15, 1917, and was drafted on August 3, 1918. He joined the 807th Pioneer Infantry unit, one of sixteen established. In France, Wright and his unit worked in a technical capacity: they constructed and repaired roads, bridges, and railways. Though the Army did not consider these infantry units as combat units, their work on the front lines brought them in direct contact with the enemy. The 807th participated in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, the last major engagement of the war. Wright survived the offensive. However, he succumbed to disease on January 7, 1919. The influenza killed a great many soldiers as well as civilians in the outbreak of 1918-1919, though the mortality rate of black soldiers such as Wright was often higher than that of white soldiers because of discriminatory white doctors.

Wright is buried in the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery at Plot H Row 10 Grave 28 in Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, France.

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.


Office of the Quartermaster General


Digital reproduction of original passenger list: Records of the Office of the Quartermaster General, 1774-1985, Record Group Number 92, Roll or Box Number 578.


Office of the Quartermaster General

Date Created

ca. 1918-09-12


Wright, Riley




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1 passenger list






Army Transport Service, Passenger Department, Hoboken, New Jersey

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