Eddie Champs

Eddie Champs was a member of the U.S. Army’s 365th Infantry, which was a segregated combat regiment for African American soldiers during World War I. This regiment was part of the 92nd Division, one of two combat divisions created in response to pressure from African American leaders and organizations protesting against the lack of combat opportunities for African Americans. Champs’ parents, Robert and Minnie Champs, wrote on the back of the soldier’s photograph that he was stationed “somewhere in France.”