Joel Ware

Joel Ware worked as a laborer for Cumberland Valley Lumber Company at the time he was drafted by the U.S. Army during World War I. Ware traveled to France while serving in the Pioneer Infantry, 802nd Company. This regiment was one many non-combatant African American service units in the Army’s American Expeditionary Forces. These enlisted men loaded and unloaded ships, dug trenches, and built hospitals, roads, bridges and railroad lines. This work was similar to Ware’s job as a laborer before he was drafted.