Charles H. Payne

Charles H. Payne registered for the draft on June 5, 1917, and trained at Camp Sherman, near Chillicothe in south-central Ohio. The United States began to create military training camps when the country entered World War I in April 1917. Over the course of American involvement, Camp Sherman became the third largest army base in the U.S., and one of a few which trained African American soldiers from all over the country. More than 40,000 soldiers received their training at Camp Sherman by the end of the war.